Endings by Tamara Saulwick, score by Peter Knight, songwriting Paddy Mann
Commissioned by Arts House & Performance Space.
Produced by Freya Waterson.
'Endings is an elegant, economical production that delivers on its promise to stay with you long after you leave.' ****4 stars Kate Hennessy, The Guardian
'It's not so much about grief or loss as death's strange intimacy'. ****4 stars, Rebecca Harkins-Cross, The Sydney Morning Herald.
Part chamber concert, part performance work, Endings is a meditation on cycles and the ending of things. Using portable turntables, reel-to-reel tape players and live performance, Endings finds form for experiences both ordinary and extraordinary that cluster around death, dying and afterlife.
Endings is built in part from one-on-one interviews: people's stories, reflections, and voices. These recordings are cut on to bespoke vinyl records and embedded within a richlytextured electro-acoustic sound design that is operated, accompanied, and extended through live performance and song. The performance also features the songs and vocals of acclaimed singer/songwriter Paddy Mann (Grand Salvo).
Voices of the living emerge ghost-like from records, performers converse live with the taped voices of past conversations, tape loops carve round and round through the space, and song floats across the familiar crackle of records ending.
Concept/text/performance Tamara Saulwick
Set/lighting design: bluebottle - Ben Cobham
Sound composition/performance Peter Knight
Song/songwriting/performance Paddy Mann
Dramaturgy Margaret Trail
Technical Manager/ audio engineering/ operation Nick Roux
Costume design Harriet Oxley
Production managment/ lx op Emily O'Brien
Push Festival Vancouver January 2018
On the Boards Festival Seattle February 2018
Dublin Theatre Festival, October 2017
Canadian Stage's biennial Spotlight series in Toronto, April 2017
Sydney Festival- Performance Space at Carriageworks, Jan 2015
North Melbourne Town Hall, Arts House , Melbourne, May 2015
"Running at just an hour, Endings is an elegant, economical production that delivers on its promise to stay with you long after you leave. Its subject matter is difficult by default and impossible to hear without grafting onto it your own fears and faces. But it is uplifting too, and comforting, offering a sense that death is an experience shared with the living, even if only momentarily."