The End of Eddy

Theatre
The End of Eddy // Unicorn Theatre Melbourne Festival 2019 supplied
Photograph: Tommy Ga-Ken Wan

Time Out says

This stage adaptation of a landmark coming-of-age story is playing at Melbourne Festival

Édouard Louis was just 21 when he wrote an autobiographical novel and captured the attention of readers and literary critics across the world. The book told a story of a young boy growing up in rural France and withstanding relentless bullying for being gay.

It’s an often bleak story, but this British theatrical version – in which two actors play Eddy and every character he comes into contact with – is vibrantly entertaining. Director Stewart Laing’s production premiered at the Edinburgh International Festival in 2018 and uses a series of TV screens in innovative ways to expand Eddy’s world and tell this story. The production, which is aimed at younger audiences (though definitely not children), is playing a short season at the Malthouse for Melbourne Festival.

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