Photo: Stu Brown

As part of this year's Midsumma Festival, Packed House Productions and Gasworks Arts Park are proud to announce a season of Citizen Theatre’s critically acclaimed production When The Light Leaves this January/February at Gasworks Arts Park.  Dealing with current and relatable issues surrounding the new Voluntary Assisted Dying (VAD) laws in Victoria, and exploring the different voices, values and ideas within the complex public debate, the play gives people an understanding of what is at stake when someone is making an end of life choice. The play also brings a young, queer voice into the conversation, with the central relationship taking place before and after the legalisation of same-sex marriage.

When The Light Leaves is a new Australian play by emerging writer Rory Godbold, which premiered at La Mama Theatre in April 2019. The play is a fictional story that stems from Rory’s autobiographical experience surrounding the circumstances of his father’s death in 2015.

To inspire conversation on VAD in the community, a Q&A will be held on Thursday January 30, immediately following the performance. The expert panel will feature Rory Godbold (playwright, When the Light Leaves), Dr Nick Carr (GP and DWDV Board Member) and Fiona Patten (leader of the Reason Party). It will be moderated by Nina Barry-Macaulay.

Photo: Stu Brown

Citizen Theatre's Artistic Director, Jayde Kirchert, says the show and Q&A will play a pivotal role in community discussions around VAD. “The play doesn’t tell audiences what’s right or wrong, but rather presents the different sides of the story so people can make up their own minds about what they believe is right for them.”

When The Light Leaves is written by Rory Godbold, directed by Jayde Kirchert and features a stellar cast including Tomas Parrish (Forgotten Places), Leigh Scully (Managing Carmen), Veronica Thomas (Fallen) and Michelle Robertson (Disgust).

See When the Light Leaves at Gasworks Theatre before it ends this February!


Dates: 29 January – 1 February, 2020

Location: Gasworks Theatre, Gasworks Arts Park, Albert Park

Times: Wed, Thu - 7.30pm | Fri, Sat - 9.30pm

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