Dates: 24-26 October
Venue: PAC Basement
Tickets: SOLD OUT
Basement Arts is proud to present Death Drop – an original play by Laura McBeath (Graduate 2014), winner of our first playwriting competition.
In December 2017, same-sex marriage was legalised in Australia. This milestone is part of a long journey towards acceptance. Another milestone was in 1978, when a Sydney protest unwittingly made history as the first Sydney Mardi Gras parade.
This is the political background to Death Drop, which follows the lives of brothers, Robert (Akiwa Cavanagh) and Charlie (Dom Ryan), who inherit their father’s morgue after his passing. Set in the late 70s Robert and Charlie find themselves having to turn their morgue by day into an underground drag club at night where Charlie’s best friend Vera (Ben Trigger) performs alongside a group of drag queens (Jordan Mulvey, Joey Shanahan, Callum Mulvey, Peter Manias, Tom Wilcox, Corey Paulsen and Alana Markie). A family coping with loss; a drag queen recovering from police brutality; an undertaker’s assistant more comfortable in the presence of the dead than the living: ultimately all longing for acceptance. Equal parts hilarious and reflective, political and all-round FABULOUS, Death Drop explores the heart of what it is to be human.
Based on the true events of International Gay Solidarity Day (1978) this production takes you on a journey of individuality and acceptance. Family isn’t always blood. It’s the people in your life who want you in theirs. The ones who accept you for who you are. The ones who would do anything to see you smile, and who love you no matter what.
Directed by Kristin Mason