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By Doppelgangster

Studio & site-responsive  performance

Premiere, Aberystwyth Arts Centre

17 November 2017

Co-creator & performer 


Drawing on the self-documented death of the eminent herpetologist Dr. Karl Patterson Schmidt, historical accounts of the religious ritual of snake handling, personal reports 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. 

A 1950s scientific lecture, a death diary, a suicide note, an old-timey Southern-style snake handling, and that warning from that one scientist at the start of every disaster film ever. EVERYBODY LOSES is a glorious spectacle and a grave work; this solo performance engages with themes of climate change and the sixth 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?

Doppelgangster is an international performance company, currently creating work in the UK and Australia under the creative direction of Tobias Manderson-Galvin (MKA Theatre of New Writing, Melbourne) and Dr. Tom Payne (Sheffield Hallam University). Everybody Loses is co-created by Tobias Manderson-Galvin and Dr. Tom Payne, performed by Dr. Tom Payne, and featuring videography by Wales-based filmmaker Dr. Sam Christie, and an original score by Australian experimental jazz duo Maria Moles and Adam Halliwell. 

“Intelligent and unquestionably effective”   - Placing the Anthropocene (UK)

“Forcibly entertaining” - Melbourne Critique (Australia)

“Rather like life but with better timing” - A Modern Antiquarian (UK)

Thanks: Aberystwyth Arts Centre; Sheffield Hallam University; MKA Theatre; Alan Resetar (Chicago Field Museum of Natural History); Mark Whitehead (Aberystwyth University); and Copeia.  


Tour: 2017: Aberystwyth Arts Centre (Aberystwyth); 2018: La Générale (Paris); Waterloo Vaults (London); Performance Lab (Sheffield); Universidad de Alcalá (Alcalá de Henares); The Projector (Singapore); Backbone Arts (Brisbane); Prahan, MKA pop-up Theatre (Melbourne); KXT (Sydney); Aparat Athen (Athens); 2019: Performance Lab (Sheffield). 

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