Death in a Statesman

A new play by Robert Kronk, directed by Bridget Boyle.
Featuring Allen Laverty.
Co-produced with Xanthe Beesley.

Meet Cliff. Forced to return to his childhood home in Bundaberg following his redundancy from a Melbourne newspaper, his front-line experience reporting fearlessly on everything from Bjelke-Peterson's police state to organised crime in Victoria is completely wasted. Now he churns out puff pieces about real estate for his new job at the local rag.

Then there is his idiosyncratic attitude towards the motor car - after being first on the scene at a fatal crash in his youth, and subsequently making his life in Collingwood, he never got around to learning how to drive. In a small country town, this is equivalent to not knowing how to breathe.

Cliff's slightly tricky life is thrown into further disarray by the suspicious death of a local councillor/ developer - a political enemy of his. Now Cliff must solve a murder mystery, keep his job, negotiate his mother's failing health and somehow forge a relationship with his disaffected daughter – all on bicycle power.

After the success of The Longest Minute, debase key creative Robert Kronk turns his hand to the noir genre – with a regional Queensland twist. Together with Bridget Boyle and regular debase collaborator Allen Laverty, debase are teaming up with independent producer Xanthe Beesley to develop this new work for the stage.

Stay tuned for details about a work-in-progress showing.