Play idea one for the ages

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play pos­ing the ques­tion: how do you deal with the in­evitabil­ity of death?

“It cer­tainly didn’t start from the out­set with me think­ing ‘I want to write a show about death,’ be­cause that is ter­ri­bly mor­bid,” the sec­ondyear UWA stu­dent said.

“The idea came dur­ing a firstyear hu­man bi­ol­ogy unit and the en­zyme poly­merase arose, which is one of the more promis­ing av­enues for dras­ti­cally in­creas­ing the length of a hu­man life­span.

“It was bub­bling away some­where in the back of my mind for about a year and then the UDS (Univer­sity Dra­matic So­ci­ety) sec­ondsemester pitches came up and by that time it had sort of fer­mented a bit and coag­u­lated into some­thing of an idea.”

As well as writ­ing the pro­duc­tion, ti­tled Me­mento Mori (Latin for ‘re­mem­ber to die’), the Su­bi­aco teen also stars in the lead role.

He plays a sci­en­tist, who de­spite some mi­nor set­backs, be­lieves he will de­vise a way to rad­i­cally re­duce the age­ing process.

“The first com­pli­ca­tion arises when it is re­vealed his pro­gram may be shut down if he doesn’t crack on and make some more im­me­di­ate progress,” Wil­liamson said.

“And then a se­ries of other com­pli­ca­tions rise, of course, and that pro­pels the play to­wards its res­o­lu­tion.

“I sup­pose it is a bit weird for a 19-year-old uni stu­dent to think about mor­tal­ity but it’s such a uni­ver­sal theme and some­thing we have to con­front even­tu­ally.

“It is in it­self a very fright­en­ing con­cept. I’m sure there is no easy an­swer; you just have to come to your own con­clu­sions.”

Me­mento Mori, on this week, marks a new di­rec­tion for the So­ci­ety, as it takes on a more tech­ni­cally ad­ven­tur­ous an­gle and fea­tures many new faces on stage.

The So­ci­ety, based at UWA, wel­comes script ideas from both stu­dents and non-stu­dents.

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