‘Impossibly, the car radio is still going. One final song. The exit music plays out – and you hold your broken body in your arms.’
Lecture Notes on a Death Scene is a tangential half-hour performance event for one person to experience at a time.
A white line on the floor leads you to a leather chair in the centre of a darkened room. A mirror slides towards you. In an intimate encounter between yourself and your reflection, the mirror becomes a window to multiple internal worlds taking you out of your own body and placing you behind the steering wheel of someone else’s life.
You are a lecturer driving a passenger home on a rainy night. You are the passenger in the back seat. You are both simultaneously; the performer and the audience. You are in the headlights of a past catching up with you.
Lecture Notes on a Death Scene is a 30-minute immersive experience for one person at a time, in which the entire show happens looking into a mirror. The show borrows inspiration from Jorge Luis Borges’ short story The Garden of Forking Paths (1941) and psychologist Barry Schwartz’s book The Paradox of Choice (2005). Lecture Notes… is an investigation of scientific concept through artistic form, inspired by the theatrical richness of ‘many worlds’ – of the infinite possibilities of the choices left unchosen.
Cast & creative team
A Farnham Maltings commission.
Supported by Arts Council England.
Developed at PULSE Fringe Festival, Central School of Speech and Drama and The Lowry.
Written, Directed & Designed by Liam Jarvis
Associate Direction by Hannah Barker
Performed by Philip Desmeules
Sound Design by Alex Garfath
Set built by James Lewis
Produced by Ric Watts
There are no upcoming dates for this production.
Performed at Camden People's Theatre, Leeds Met Studio Theatre, Harrogate Theatre and The Brewhouse.
Developed at Central School of Speech and Drama (on a 1 week residenct with MA Advanced Theatre Practice students) Farnham Maltings, PULSE Festival in Ipswich and The Lowry.