Stage Curtains

Just a Must presents the production of Dead at Last, No More Air, the final work of Werner Schwab, marking two decades since the Austrian playwright’s untimely death at the age of 35.

Werner Schwab was a major star of German-speaking theatre who effortlessly rose to fame for his unique talent with language and his macabre, humorous, confrontational narratives. In only four years, he completed fifteen plays with Dead at Last, No More Air being his last. Shortly after its completion he was found dead in his room following a New Year’s Eve drinking spree in 1994.

A brutal, irreverent and bizarrely comical piece about what happens when an emerging theatre production is sabotaged by outsiders. Following a dispute with the cast, the director replaces all the actors with pensioners from a nearby home for the elderly. At first compliant and polite, the ‘forgotten and dispossessed’ gradually start to question the director’s authority, leading to a ‘coup d’├ętat’ where the theatre’s cleaning lady is selected as the group’s leader. Not everybody survives the new order.

The English Language premiere of Dead at Last, No More Air takes place at Camden People’s Theatre, 6th to 17th May & The Warren, Brighton 30th May – 1st June

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