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Being Dead (Don Quixote)

MKA, RCC, Adelaide 2020
KXT Bakehouse, Sydney, 2018
PICA / Blue Room Summer Nights, Perth, 2016
Midsumma, Melba Spiegeltent, Melbourne, 2015

A dangerous quest of literary theft, build-your-own identity and post-anarchy. Don Quixote is the softcore idol you deserve. A moving and sensational experience of queer thinking, failed heroism and triumphant femininity. Queer Femme Kerith Manderson-Galvin rips off the world’s first modern novel, Barbie™, and the original rip-off artist Kathy Acker in a signature work that has alienated and captivated audiences across Australia.

“By no means is this easy theatre, but then we have television for our lazy nights, and a wee bit of hard thinking will not hurt us…Enormous intellect…beautiful theatre!” Lisa
“An exceptional piece of contemporary performance by a master of words and movement.” Theatre Travels
“A carved out space for those who are afraid to claim it…Real beauty” Time Out
“Utterly engaging…true beauty” Weekend Notes
“Deeply emotional…a new form…it exists to make one feel.” Sydney Arts Guide
“Totally blurs the line between art and reality…gut wrenchingly powerful.” Out On The Town
Deconstructivist, post-structuralist, feminist, transgressive…this is intellectual theatre and its impact is a slow smoulder rather than a short sharp shock” Perth Arts Live
“A glorious mess with serious purpose” Daily Review 


Created and performed by: Kerith Manderson-Galvin

Stage Assistant:
Chelsea Hickman
Set Construction: Tobias Manderson-Galvin, Chelsea Hickman

2020 + 2018
Set Design:
Tobias Manderson-Galvin, Kerith Manderson-Galvin
Sound Design: Jules Pascoe
Lighting Design: Jason Crick 

Music Performance:
Jules Pascoe and Kerith Manderson-Galvin 

2016 + 2015
Set Design: Soma Garner
Sound Design: Duane Morrison
Lighting Design: Darren Lever

Music Performance:
Mill O’Sullivan, Rachel Zbukvic Stage Manager: Emily Edwards


Being Dead (Don Quixote) was supported with an initial development season at Mudfest UHT 2013 and and has been supported by Moonee Valley City Council.