Play idea one for the ages
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.