The Death Diary of Karl Patterson Schmidt
EVERYBODY LOSES is a performance of a death by snake bite. In this one man show Doppelgangster’s Dr Tom Payne informs his audience that phone signals have been blocked, the doors locked, he’s shooting up venom, and nobody is leaving until he knows what it is to die.
Drawing on the true, self-documented death of world famous herpetologist Dr Karl Patterson Schmidt, historical accounts of the religious ritual of Snake Handling, Doppelgangster’s own personally documented accounts of self-poisoning, reptilian myths of genesis and the coming apocalypse, EVERYBODY LOSES interrogates societal obsessions with eternal youth, eternal life, and the destruction of our planet.
Presentation and performance styles evoke and appropriate 1950s scientific lectures, death diaries, suicide notes, Southern-style snake handling, and the warnings of that one scientist at the start of every disaster film ever. EVERYBODY LOSES is both a glorious spectacle and a grave work; obliquely engaging with themes of climate change and the 6th great extinction; asking, with the unprecedented scientific documentation of the changing planet, and our failure to respond to the symptoms, is it too late to stop the poison?
Performance DR TOM PAYNE
Writing + Direction + Scenography TOBIAS MANDERSON GALVIN &
DR TOM PAYNE
Music MARIA MOLES and ADAM HALLIWELL
Videography DR SAM CHRISTIE
Photography WILSON LIEW
Performance Photography KEITH MORRIS
A DOPPELGANGSTER production. Developed with support from SHEFFIELD HALLAM UNIVERSITY, ABERYSTWYTH ARTS CENTRE and MKA THEATRE OF NEW WRITING. Thanks to Mark Whitehead ABERYSTWYTH UNIVERSITY and Alan Resetar CHICAGO FIELD MUSEUM
EVERYBODY LOSES: The Death Diary of Karl Patterson Schmidt is the fifth full-length performance work by Doppelgangster, and was first trialled as a 10 minute performance at Hot!Hot!Hot! Festival of Climate Arts in Melbourne in 2016. The work is currently in a major development period in Melbourne between MKA: Theatre of New Writing and Footscray Community Arts Centre, and Aberystwyth Arts Centre (Wales).