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From writer Joanna Erskine and director Anthony Skuse, a black and bittersweet comedy about death, grief, holding on and letting go.

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Date: 10 May 2018

Annabel sits in a dark radio studio, hosting the graveyard shift.

Single and introverted, she spends her nights reading the death notices to a silent audience.

One morning while on air, the station phone rings. When Annabel answers, she unwittingly unleashes the grief and secrets of an entire community, desperate to connect with the past.

From writer Joanna Erskine (K.I.J.E., Boot) and director Anthony Skuse, a black and bittersweet comedy about death, grief, holding on and letting go.

The inspiration for the play came from Erskine’s own experiences with death and grief and a small notice in the Sydney Morning Herald’s obituaries column, advertising a radio program that reads the death notices daily.

While the service is designed for the print handicapped, Erskine began to wonder who in the wider Sydney community might be listening?

Erskine writes, “The play uses magic realism, a magical world within a realistic setting, to traverse the connection between loved ones lost and those still on earth.”

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