When the Light Leaves

Producer: Citizen Theatre
Writer: Rory Godbold
Directed By: Jayde Kirchert
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A critically acclaimed new Australian play that explores the complex reality of terminal illness


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Technical Information

Technical Rating: C
Touring Party: 5
Bump-in Time: 7 hrs
Bump-out Time: 1 hrs
Interval: No




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Selling Points

  • Relatability: When The Light Leaves is a relevant and poignant play that deals with something that every human being will have to experience: death. The question of how you would want to die is central to the play and resonates with audiences deeply.
  • Innovation: the play has a contemporary, elegant and innovative design, that is inspired by the illness the central character experiences, which impacts on his ability to remember. The character has a type of brain cancer that means his memory gradually fades - the design and the non-chronological sequence of events cleverly depict this.
  • Critically acclaimed: Melbourne theatre critics were moved, touched and applauded the play in its premiere season.
  • Relevant: Victoria recently became the first state in Australia to legalise VAD. However, as its services have rolled out, there are still issues and complications as people navigate its complexities in their personal and professional lives. This play is important to help people understand what the debate is about and why it is an important thing to keep discussing. The play does not preach, rather it lets audiences make up their own minds about how they would want to go.

Community Engagement

  • Presenters who program When The Light Leaves for schools will be provided with relevant resources such as a Teachers Kit and study materials.
  • Workshops and post show Q&A discussions can also be arranged for any/all performances.

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Venue Format

Proscenium Arch, Black Box


75 Minutes

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Budget & Fees

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Remount: $9876

Weekly Sell Off: $8838

Per Performance: $0

Royalties: 11
Apra Obligations: NA

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