The Unknown Man On Somerton Beach

13 February — 14 February 2015

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‘Victims of assault. Accidental deaths. Shark victims. Most of the bodies that turn up on our beaches don’t turn up in one piece. Not sitting. Not looking out to sea … I’ve seen deaths. We’ve both seen duty … This is not like any death I’ve seen.’

A dead man leans against a sea wall. It’s December 1948 and the death is not just suspicious, it’s murder. The only clues are The Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam, some scrawled code, a local nurse’s phone number and US cigarettes. Is he American? Is he Russian? With chilly lines being drawn between the free world and the red terror could this be one of the cold war’s first antipodean casualties? Two cops, both ex-army intelligence – ‘Ren’ Black and ‘Mum’ St.John Falcon – are out to crack this case wide open.

The Cybec Electric reading on 14 February at 6pm is presented as part of SummerSalt Festival, and will take place in the VCA Art Courtyard.

Cybec Electric is only possible due to the support of Roger Riordan AM and The Cybec Foundation.

Tobias Manderson-Galvin

Tobias Manderson-Galvin

Tobias Manderson-Galvin is co-founder and Co-Creative Director of MKA: Theatre of New Writing. His current projects include: Jolly Good Radio, a fortnightly podcast on live performance in Melbourne; The Blatant Joke – a punk rock/performance art boy band; and is developing The Filth, a 70s cop show sitcom set in Canberra. He is best known for his controversial work The Economist about the 2011 Utoya mass murder. Tobias lives in Richmond with his sister and no pets.

Sarah Giles

Sarah Giles

Tom Budge

Tom Budge

Mark Coles-Smith

Mark Coles-Smith

Julie Forsyth

Julie Forsyth

Margaret Harvey

Margaret Harvey

Alex Menglet

Alex Menglet

Jack Charles

Jack Charles