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THEATRE: 'The Life and Death of Almost Everybody' by Arts Alive Ipswich at Ipswich Civic Centre

14 June 2024

Season: June 14th - 23rd, 2024

Title: The Life and Death of Almost Everybody

Playwright: David Campton (1970)

Venue: Fire Station 101, 101 Limestone Street, Ipswich QLD 4305

Dates and Times:

  • Friday 14 June 2024: 7.30 pm

  • Saturday 15 June 2024: 7.30 pm

  • Sunday 16 June 2024: 2.00 pm

  • Friday 21 June 2024: 7.30 pm

  • Saturday 22 June 2024: 7.30 pm

  • Sunday 23 June 2024: 2.00 pm

Duration: 2 hours with interval


  • All Tickets: $40.00 each

  • Group (4+ Tickets): $35.00 each

Ticket Purchase: Buy Now

Presented By: Arts Alive Ipswich and Ipswich Civic Centre

Performance Notes: No food or drink to be consumed in the audience whilst the show is in session.


The Life and Death of Almost Everybody is a compelling play that explores the potent forces in human life and society. The story begins with a Sweeper on an empty stage, who, tempted by the magic of theatre, experiments with creating life through imagination. His initial attempts to summon a rabbit lead him to create a Young Man and a Young Woman. As more characters are conjured, events spiral out of his control, resulting in the appearance of a universal Aunt Harriet. She marshals the diverse cast into a hedonistic and fatefully doomed communal order.

Themes of love, hate, politics, and religion emerge, bringing with them bickering, dissension, and decadence. The Sweeper, rattled and fearful, struggles to regain control and banishes his creations back to the shadows. The play concludes with the arrival of the Manager, returning the theatre to silence, while the world outside continues as usual.

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