A story set in a funeral home seems like it would involve a lot of slashing and allegories to The Scream, but the Queensland Premier’s Drama Award 2020-21 winner takes the tale to a different direction.
Queensland Theatre’s upcoming show, Return to the Dirt, is full of heart, and the occasional coffin. Based on Steve Pirie’s year spent working at a Toowoomba funeral home, he initially penned the play as a response to the classic dinner party questions he received when people found out where he worked, infusing it with honesty, deep humanity, and humour.
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“It’s one of the best new Australian plays I have read in the last five years,” Queensland Theatre Artistic Director Lee Lewis said. “Steve’s clever and compassionate writing features characters that audiences will recognise from any community and opens us up to those tricky but important conversations we all try to avoid.”
“Dying is something everything has to do one day, no one gets to avoid it. Return to the Dirt not only helps demystify the process and the business of dying, but it also makes us think about how we want to live. What really matters to you in the precious time you have?”
Return To The Dirt will be playing at the Bille Brown Theatre from 16 October to 6 November 2021. Grab your tickets here.