Be prepared for a very different love story that will delight and surprise you, tickle your funny bone and warm your heart, all at the same time.
Such is the skill of master storyteller Caleb Lewis, the award-winning local writer of and author of the Bakehouse Theatre Company’s next production, Death in Bowengabbie. Lewis is most recently known for his “inventive, accessible new work”, Maggie Stone, which finished State Theatre’s 2013 season “on a high note” (The Australian).
Death in Bowengabbie was the 2009 Fringe winner of the Judges’ commendation for Best Writing. Directed by Peter Green this time, who brought you East of Berlin and Girl in a Goldfish Bowl (amongst many others), this latest reprise by the Bakehouse Theatre Company features Elliot Howard (last seen at the Bakehouse in Neil LaBute’s Fat Pig).
“Welcome to the sweet life” reads the sign on the road as Oscar returns to his home town. Unfortunately the sign is fading, as are the town’s inhabitants. Little does Oscar know that the first funeral that brings him back to Bowengabbie is only one of many in a town where, devoid of most of its younger population, the old folks are all dropping like flies. Here, funerals really are a celebration of life. More than that, they are a party. For Oscar, something else is also drawing him back to Bowengabbie, far away from his current wedding plans. All he has to do is to admit it to himself.
Death in Bowengabbie is possibly one of the top 970 greatest love stories of all time. It will pull very gently at your heartstrings all the way to the twist at the end. It’s just possible that it could also make you die laughing.
Death in Bowengabbie
When: 24 April – 10 May at 8pm
Where: Bakehouse Theatre, 255 Angas Street, Adelaide
Tickets: $15 – $30
Bookings: Book online via the Bakehouse Theatre website, or tickets at the door on the night subject to availability. No phone bookings.