An art collective brings a true crime podcast to life to examine one of their real-life mysteries.

It sounds like something you'd hear on a Serial-esque podcast or binge-watch in a Making a Murderer-type true crime show: in 2010, Jarrod Duffy disappeared. His furniture was still in his house, and the University of Wollongong student had an Honours show coming up as part of the multi-art form collective Applespiel. 

Now, Applespiel delve into his story in Jarrod Duffy Is Not Dead — aka the tale of their lost ninth member, their search to find their friend and their quest for answers. And, in a nod to the way everyone consumes these kinds of cases these days, they're doing so in a live podcast-type show, presented on stage, and combining performance, personal storytelling and chatter.

"The investigative nature of podcasts like Serial is really exciting, and throws up some tricky questions of ethics and what it means to tell someone else's story," says Applespiel's Nathan Harrison. "We thought the most challenging way to look at those questions would be to tell a story that happened to us," he continues. Challenging for them, intriguing for us — and an engaging, unique and inventive night out.

Published on April 18, 2017 by Sarah Ward

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