THE END OF US
WRITTEN & DIRECTED BY: Emma Fenton-Wells
MEREDITH: Georgie Oulton
ARCHIE: Calum Johnston
VOICE OVERS: Elizabeth Best
LIGHTING DESIGN: Matthew Breen
SOUND & VISION: Grace Elizabeth
Nine hours before the democratically elected end of the world, and Archie and Meredith are breaking up.
When The End of Us premiered in London back in February 2020, we were on the precipice of a very different world. On the final night, the night that Italy had been forced into Lockdown (then, a word we were unfamiliar with), the audience took a collective inhale at the mention of a superbug. Meredith and Archie's futuristic universe was feeling a touch too close to our reality.
It's been well over a year since that performance, and coming back to the play has been like finding a diary from a decade earlier. I think it's rare to have such an accelerated collective experience like what we've had in the past year, the result of which has added so much emotional texture to the play. Our audience now shares a portion of the feelings our characters are metabolising.
This production of The End of Us has been a journey that's brought together a team spread across three cities and two countries, requiring a trans-Tasman bubble, and a thousand refreshes of the ABC breaking news page to ensure part of the team wouldn't be caught in a snap Lockdown. It's by pure alchemy that you're sitting in these very comfortable bus seats (thanks BackDock Arts), given the enormous number of pieces that had to come together to put this production on.
As a theatre maker, I feel so fortunate to have worked with our team - Grace, Georgie, and Calum. They have all added such dimension, humor and heartbreak to the play, and it's a much stronger piece of storytelling thanks to their craft. They're pros.