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Dan’s dreaming of dead ducks and cartoon skeletons. He’s also dying.

Terminal brain cancer has forced Dan to decide how he wants the end of his life to look. Despite his supportive partner, well-intentioned sister and nurse who comforts by-the-book – no one can give him what he needs. It’s time Dan chooses how he goes.

With access to assisted dying imminent, everyone has an opinion about how you live and die. In this gripping and deeply personal play, When The Light Leaves explores how people navigate the reality of death and reconcile their grief, leaving audiences to decide for themselves how they would want to go.

High Line Productions and Citizen Theatre are proud to announce a new collaboration – When The Light Leaves – a play that deals with issues surrounding the new Voluntary Assisted Dying (VAD) laws soon coming into effect in Victoria on 19 June. These laws will allow Victorians access to VAD and coincide with the play’s season at La Mama Courthouse, Carlton, 12-23 June.

When The Light Leaves is a new Australian play by emerging writer Rory Godbold. 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 in the community, a Q&A will be held on the evening of 19 June, immediately following the performance. A panel of different stakeholders will discuss the issue and what it means for Victorians moving forward.

Citizen Theatre Artistic Director, Jayde Kirchert, says the timing of this story and Q&A will play a pivotal role in the community discussion 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.”


Written by Rory Godbold
Directed by Jayde Kirchert


Tomas Parrish - Dan
Leigh Scully as Liam
Veronica Thomas as Kate
Michelle Robertson as Alice


Stage Design, Graphic Design & Video by
Stu Brown

Lighting Design by Gina Gascoigne

Costumes by Aislinn Naughton

Sound Design by Imogen Cygler

Associate Producer Steph Clare-Cover

Associate Producer Alex Suttie
Dates: 12 - 23 June 2019

Times: Wed 6.30pm | Thu, Fri, Sat 7.30pm | Sun 4pm

Running time: approx 70 mins

Venue: La Mama Courthouse, 349 Drummond St, Carlton

Tickets: Full $30, Concession $20


Further info: @citizentheatreau


Stu Brown

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