Jarrod Duffy was the ninth member of Applespiel, who studied with the group at the University of Wollongong. In October 2010, two weeks before performing an Honours show, he disappeared, leaving behind the furniture at his house and no explanation. Phone, email, facebook all yielded no results. Jarrod Duffy Is Not Dead is the story of that disappearance and Applespiel’s hunt to find their missing friend.
Drawing on a wide range of interest points, including the rise of crowd-funding, the cult popularity of podcasts such as This American Life’s Serial and the ethics of personal stories in theatre, Jarrod Duffy Is Not Dead is a complex and playful exploration of truth, now in its second stage of creative development after spending time with Hothouse Theatre and Merrigong Theatre Company in 2014.
Emma McManus, Mark Rogers, Nathan Harrison, Nikki Kennedy & Troy Reid.
Applespiel are a collective of young and emerging artists who collaborate as performers, musicians, technicians and devisers. Each member of the collective is under thirty years of age. Active since graduating from the University of Wollongong’s Creative Arts program in 2009, Applespiel evolved out of a shared interest in contemporary performance and a collaborative creative process.
Applespiel have developed and performed Applespiel Make A Band And Take On The Recording Industry (Performance Space, Malthouse Theatre), Sexy New Urban Design Team (Sydney Festival, Tiny Stadiums Festival, You Are Here Festival, Festival of Unpopular Culture, Verge Festival), At the Request of Carl Sagan (Next Wave), Snail Piece (Festival of Dangerous Ideas, Underbelly Arts Festival, Peats Ridge), Executive Stress/ Corporate Retreat (Edinburgh Fringe Festival, Tiny Stadiums Festival, Adelaide Fringe), Applespiel’s Morning Breakfast Commercial Radio Show (Crack Theatre Festival, You Are Here Festival), Don’t Call Us We’ll Call You (Late Night Libraries), Awful Literature is Still Literature, I Guess (Underbelly Arts Festival), Appleloft (Sydney Fringe) and Applespiel are Actors and You Can Be Too Maybe (Performance Space).