If you had one evening left to live, what would you do?
Watch the flat dinner from your nightmares unfold in the playful, wild, and horribly relatable original production This Is How We’re Gonna Die, playing this year at the Auckland Fringe Festival at Q’s Vault from 19th - 23rd February.
A meteorite is set to collide with earth but nobody listens to the news anyway, the vegan souffle is slowly deflating and steamy secrets have reached boiling point; join the hour-long roller-coaster ride with a group of constantly arguing, oblivious friends to the end of the world.
A regular Kiwi flat find themselves disconnected - each member harbouring their own secrets as well as each others. There’s infidelity, drugs, name-calling, and a dead cat to name a few. It all blows up at the biannual flat dinner, but when they discover that the end of the world is imminent, they’re left with one question: How are they gonna die? Are their differences too big to overcome, or will they come together as one dysfunctional family, united by their flaws and made stronger by fresh perspectives and understanding?
Drawing from wonderful and terrible flatting experiences as well as loves and losses of all kinds, up-and-coming writer Lana Petrović presents a witty yet deeply saddening look at the ways in which we trap ourselves, lose perspective in life and take our time for granted.
“I want the audience to step back and think ‘wait, what is actually important?’ Real human love and connection is too vital to lose over trivial stuff, but a lot of the time that’s exactly what breaks friendships and relationships apart.”
This Is How We’re Gonna Die is presented by the award-nominated film and theatre company PG Productions and is proudly supported by Auckland Fringe Festival, Q Theatre, Youthline and Ponsonby Community Centre.
Directed by Kelly Gilbride
Written by Lana Petrović
Produced by PG Productions
Starring: Steven Anthony Maxwell, Zoë Larsen Cumming, Marwin Maui Silerio, Francis Johnson, and Lana Petrović
Production design: Kate Brown
Sound design: Samantha Tran
Lighting design: Zane Allen
Photography by: Jennifer Riis Gotrik
Poster design: Juliette Stuart
If you book on Thursday night, $10 from your ticket will go towards helping Youthline.
Last year through Youthline's free 24/7 Helpline, they received over 150,000 texts, calls and emails from young people in need across New Zealand. Youthline are working with six times as many clients in crisis as they were three years ago, making almost three times as many mental health referrals, and reporting twice as many incidents related to suicide and care and protection.
For many young people the Helpline is the gateway to access a wide range of Youthline support services and personal development opportunities. Often they are the only service a young person in a rural area will have access to that is free, anonymous and accessible on a youth-friendly platform.
Money raised from Thursday's show will contribute to supporting young people around the country.
Presented as part of Auckland Fringe arts festival running from 19 February - 3 March 2019. Full programme at www.aucklandfringe.co.nz