Jarrod Duffy is Not Dead : A new work by Applespiel

Jarrod Duffy Is Not Dead is a devised work by the performance collective Applespiel. Jarrod Duffy was the ninth member of Applespiel, who studied with the group at the University of Wollongong. In October 2010, two weeks before performing an Honours show, he disappeared, leaving behind the furniture at his house and no explanation. Phone, email and Facebook all yielded no results. Jarrod Duffy Is Not Dead is the story of that disappearance and Applespiel’s hunt to find their missing friend.

Drawing on a wide range of interest points, including the rise of crowd-funding, the cult popularity of podcasts such as This American Life’s Serial and the ethics of personal stories in theatre, Jarrod Duffy Is Not Dead is a complex and playful exploration of truth, now in its final stages of creative development/presentation after development with Merrigong as part of the 2015 Studio Sessions program.

Applespiel’s recent projects, particularly the critically acclaimed Applespiel Make A Band and Take on the Recording Industry, have had a strong focus on the combination of story with dynamic visuals. Jarrod Duffy Is Not Dead continues the collective’s work in creating complex stage images that blend live and digital image.

Applespiel are a company of 8 theatre-makers, technicians, performers and musicians that formed at the University of Wollongong in 2008. Their work has been performed all over Australia and internationally, including seasons at Malthouse Theatre, Sydney Opera House: Festival of Dangerous Ideas, Performance Space, Sydney Festival, Next Wave Festival and You Are Here Festival. Their work is experimental, playful and often investigates modes of contemporary myth-making and niche cultural and social forms.

Created and performed by Nathan Harrison, Nikki Kennedy, Emma McManus, Troy Reid and Mark Rogers.

Recommended for ages 15+, contains strong language.

Merrigong Theatre Company is committed to commissioning and developing new Australian works for future production, as well as supporting the work of independent artists with development opportunities through our Make It @Merrigong program. Merrigong Studio Sessions are the first fully produced public outing of new works by independent artists that have been developed on-site.

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Performance Times
General Public:
Thu 14 Apr, 7.30pm
Fri 15 Apr, 7.30pm
Sat 16 Apr, 2.00pm
Sat 16 Apr, 7.30pm

Running Time
Approx. 1 hr (no interval)

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