The death diary of karl patterson schmidt
"Impeccably detailed... flawless performance"- The Herald
EVERYBODY LOSES is a performance of a death by snake bite. In this one man show Doppelgangster’s Dr Tom Payne informs his audience that phone signals have been blocked, the doors locked, he’s shooting up venom, and nobody is leaving until he knows what it is to die.
Drawing on the true, self-documented death of world famous herpetologist Dr Karl Patterson Schmidt, historical accounts of the religious ritual of Snake Handling, Doppelgangster’s own personally documented accounts 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.
Presentation and performance styles evoke and appropriate 1950s scientific lectures, death diaries, suicide notes, Southern-style snake handling, and the warnings of that one scientist at the start of every disaster film ever. EVERYBODY LOSES is both a glorious spectacle and a grave work; obliquely engaging with themes of climate change and the 6th 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?
"original and unquestionably effective...gripping and intelligent" Mark Whitehead, Placing the Anthropocene
05 July 2016 Hot!Hot!Hot! Climate Arts Festival (Melbourne)
17 July 2017 MKA THEATRE OF NEW WRITING (Melbourne)
18 October 2017 ABERYSTWYTH ARTS CENTRE
23 November 2017 ABERYSTWYTH ARTS CENTRE
02 Feb 2018 LA GÉNÉRALE (Paris)
28 Feb + 1 March 2018 VAULT FESTIVAL (London)
03 Mar 2018 PERFORMANCE LAB (Sheffield)
04 April 2018 TOM THUMB THEATRE (Margate)
05 July 2018 ALCALÁ DE HENARES (Madrid)
8 September 2018 THE PROJECTOR (Singapore)
10 September 2018 BACKBONE ARTS (Brisbane)
12-16 September 2018 MKA THEATRE / MELBOURNE FRINGE
18-22 September 2018 KXT / SYDNEY FRINGE (Sydney)
31 September 2018 APPARAT ATHEN (Athens)
Performance DR TOM PAYNE
Writing TOBIAS MANDERSON GALVIN &
DR TOM PAYNE
Music MARIA MOLES and ADAM HALLIWELL
Videography DR SAM CHRISTIE
Scenographic Design DR TOM PAYNE, TOBIAS MANDERSON-GALVIN
Promotional Photography WILSON LIEW
Performance Photography KEITH MORRIS
A DOPPELGANGSTER production. Developed with support from SHEFFIELD HALLAM UNIVERSITY, ABERYSTWYTH ARTS CENTRE and MKA THEATRE OF NEW WRITING. Thanks to Mark Whitehead ABERYSTWYTH UNIVERSITY and Alan Resetar CHICAGO FIELD MUSEUM.
WRITING & REVIEWS
Doppelgangster by Huw Bates, The EGO (November 2017) [Interview]
Doppelgangster: Masters of the Piratic Form by Dr Sam Christie (November 2017) [Blog]
Life, Death, Doppelgangster and the Anthropocene by Dr Tom Payne, Artists and Climate Change (December 2017) [Article]
Audience Enjoy the Tales of a Snake Bite by Rhian Boyt, The Herald (December 2017) [Review]
Everybody Loses by Erin Kavanagh (December 2017) [Review]
Performing the Anthropocene: Everybody Loses - a Review by Professor Mark Whitehead, Placing the Anthropocene (January 2018) [Review]
Collected Writing + Reviews
"This, this was Sci-Art: Now everyone else needs to up their game." - Erin Kavanagh, A 'Modern' Antiquarian
INFO FOR PRESENTERS
EVERYBODY LOSES: The Death Diary of Karl Patterson Schmidt is the fifth full-length performance work by Doppelgangster. It was first trialled as a 10 minute performance at Hot!Hot!Hot! Festival of Climate Arts in Melbourne in 2016. The work underwent a major development period in Melbourne between MKA: Theatre of New Writing and Footscray Community Arts Centre and at Aberystwyth Arts Centre in Wales.