lazarus won't get out of bed

By David Burton

Directed by Thomas Dimmick

May 14th - 16th 2015
Drama workshop

Past and present collide in Ellen McLaughlin's mash-up of Sophocles' classic tragedy Ajax with the modern-day war in Iraq. The play follows the parallel narratives of Ajax, an ancient Greek military hero, and A.J., a modern female American soldier, both undone by the betrayal of a commanding officer. Athena, goddess of war, coolly presides over the whole. Inspired by material collected from interviews with Iraq war veterans and their families, Ajax in Iraq explores the timeless struggle soldiers face in trying to make sense of war.



Alex McVey as Lazarus
Philip Hutton as Sydney
Rhianna Hall as Mackenzie
Shannon Rogers as Panda



Director - Thomas Dimmick
Michael Casas - Stage Manager
Sam Knox - Set Designer
Scott McArdle - Lighting Designer
Jess Serio - Lighting Operator
Luke Gratton - Sound Designer
Cat Perez - Costume Designer
Launcelot Ronzan - Fight Choreographer
Kate Willoughby - Front of House Manager

Plenty of belly laughs, sensitively mixed in with the odd sad cameo
— Independent Theatre Association