My Best Dead Friend - Riverside Parramatta

My Best Dead Friend - Riverside Parramatta

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Posted 2019-10-12 by Janellefollow

Fri 11 Oct 2019 - Sat 12 Oct 2019



My Best Dead Friend is having its Sydney premiere at Parramatta Riverside Theatre in October 2019. They say a picture paints a thousand words and the performer and co creator Anya Tate-Manning does so much more than that with her simple chalk outlines and poetic words. A tribe of five nerdy teenage misfits (four women and one man), a cranky possum and the South Island of New Zealand town of Dunedin are brought to life in this one-woman show.



Anya says this is really a story about her life rather than the story of her "best dead friend" Ali and it serves as a beautiful tribute to and celebration of Ali's life. In one hour you are taken back to small-town 1990s, to the depths of despair and the highs of fangirl boy band crushes. Anya jumps around the stage like a hyperactive teenager and the audience are roped into fleshing out the other characters by drawing their portraits from Anya's vivid descriptions. The use of projections, music and poetry add extra layers to the chalk outline of Dunedin.



My Best Dead Friend is funny, deeply emotional, at times political and thought-provoking especially in regards to the different ways people deal with life, love and the "crushing wall of grief". **I will never be able to hear a Backstreet Boys' song again without thinking of this show.
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!date 11/10/2019 -- 12/10/2019
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