End of Life

by Rachel Perks

Friday 29 March, 7.30PM

Southbank Theatre, The Lawler

Rachel Perks’ darkly comic new play fearlessly confronts the choices we may very soon have to make.

Approximately 70 minutes, with no interval

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A reading of a new work by Rachel Perks.

In the not-too-distant future the government has responded to the latest water crisis by setting up Giving Clinics allowing people to voluntarily euthanise themselves, donating their own body’s water for the greater good.

Anita, a Giving Specialist, has the best track record of any of her colleagues in processing donations. Bowen, a 25 year-old who can’t find work, walks into Anita’s Giving Centre. He figures he’ll finally be doing something good for the world. As the processing begins, Anita and Bowen’s appointment turns into a wrestle for power, questioning why someone might want to give their life so that others might live.

Rachel Perks’ darkly comic End of Life fearlessly confronts the choices we may very soon have to make.




  • Wheelchair Accessible

Artwork for Rachel Perks

Rachel Perks


Artwork for Bridget Balodis

Bridget Balodis


Bridget Balodis has just returned to Melbourne after two years living in New York. She trained as a director at the VCA and Australian National University. Bridget is interested in new Australian writing and is a member of theatre collective, New Working Group. As a dramaturg/director Bridget has developed work with playwrights Emilie Collyer, David Finningan, Dan Giovannoni, Amelia Evans, Morgan Rose and Rachel Perks. Her recent directing credits include Moral Panic (Darebin Arts 2018), Desert, 6.29pm (Red Stitch 2017), Ground Control (Next Wave 2016), Jurassica (Red Stitch 2015) and Kids Killing Kids (Next Wave 2014). With her company NO SHOW, she co-created The Séance (LaBoite Indie 2013, 2012 Melbourne Fringe), Unfinished Business (You Are Here 2013, Crack Theatre Festival 2013), Outside Line (Federation Square 2013) and Shotgun Wedding (2012 Next Wave Festival). Bridget was assistant director on The Dream (Bell Shakespeare, 2014), The Histrionic (The Malthouse/STC 2012) and has interned with Elevator Repair Service in New York. She was also selected for MTC’s Women Directors Program in 2014.

Shareena Clanton

Shareena Clanton


Lachie Pringle

Lachie Pringle


Charles Purcell

Charles Purcell


The Lawler

140 Southbank Boulevard

Southbank, Victoria 3006