Have you ever wondered what the perfect death involves? Or daydreamed excessively over rock gods in tight leather jeans? Somehow, the two subjects mesh perfectly in ‘Exit Everything‘.
Bridget has spent her life obsessed with every musician she’s crossed paths with (something I relate to far, far too much). Ironically enough, the musical accompaniment for the performance, keeping a strong bass line throughout, was also the actress’s boyfriend. Georgie, on the other hand, is obsessed with death and mortality, something I tend to overthink a little less.
The show bounced seamlessly between the two topics, with stream of consciousness; roleplaying; talks with the Grim Reaper; tales of growing up in organised Canberra and ending up in Melbourne, land of leather-jacketed muso hipster gods. Also one hell of an autopsy re-enactment complete with cooperative corpse. It sounds like it shouldn’t all mesh together but it does, so well that you jump from laughter to deep contemplation without feeling like either is lacking.
Great tip for life in general as well as attending this show: take a muso with you. ‘Cos then when audience participation asks for any musicians to put their hands up, and said musician gets to go on stage and drink tequila with and kiss one of the actors, you will get to hold their chewing gum. True story.
‘Exit Everything’ has everything. You’ll giggle, contemplate your own mortality, remember every tween crush and bad one night stand, learn a bunch about anatomy, and realise that maybe you have a thing or two to teach Death.
This is a beautiful show. It was comedic and heartfelt, had morals and misfits, and ended in a kickass musical number. Just how life should be.
Jasmin Ashton is a PR student and designer from Melbourne who has a lot of feelings about pretty much everything and a need to share them. Find her at @Jasmanna.
‘Exit Everything‘ runs 24 September to 4 October at The Workers Club.
The venue is not accessible.