Death in Bowengabbie
Poetry in Action presents Bryce Youngman in

Death in Bowengabbie

By Caleb Lewis

17 June

Bryce Youngman in Death in Bowengabbie ★★★★½

Herald Sun


Death in Bowengabbie is a big, black, tender-hearted comedy about love, loss and the mourning after. After a phenomenal sellout national tour in 2016, this show is coming to the Seymour Centre for a limited series of command performances.


This show is a one man tour de force which is a superb example of the potential of the single-actor monologue.


The story is…


Oscar has made a great life in the city after escaping the burden of his small town family history. He has a fiancé, a new job on the horizon and seems to have moved on from his tragic past.


But a series of mysterious deaths in the family bring him back to his home town of Bowengabbie, time and again, for the understandably sad yet strangely festive funerals. Is it love that is bringing him back? A twist of fate? Or is something more sinister at play…?


Written by award-winning playwright Caleb Lewis, Death in Bowengabbie was nominated best production at the 2009 Adelaide Fringe and won the judge’s commendation for best new writing.


Starring Poetry in Action’s Artistic Director Bryce Youngman in a universally acclaimed powerhouse performance and directed by Helpmann Award winner Matthew Edgerton (Artistic Director Barking Gecko Theatre) this show is a rare gem, absolutely not to be missed.




★★★★½ “Deftly directed by Matt Edgerton, Death in Bowengabbie strikes a perfect balance between comedy and pathos. The writing vividly evokes a vanishing way of life (but) Youngman is the pumping heart of this black comedy. In the course of an hour, this gifted actor plays more than a dozen characters and never misses a beat. A star in the making? Very likely.” – Herald Sun


★★★★ “Full of surprises, this quirky black comedy is a superb example of the potential of the single-actor monologue. So successful were Youngman’s character creations that it felt like I was clapping for a larger cast than just one man at the conclusion of the show.” Arts Hub Review 


“Youngman is a delight to watch, a captivating and charismatic performer, who draws the audience in, holding their attention throughout.” – The AU Review


“A multi-monologue of epic proportions” – Rip It Up


“This one-man show is one of the best that I have ever seen. His voice, body language and expressions were all individual to the friend or relation that lived in Bowengabbie. His pace was flawless, allowing the richness of the personalities to shine through. Just listening to the dialogue was sublime. “ – Theatre Australia


“A one man show, it is a frame for the extraordinary talents of Bryce Youngman. This reviewer was amongst a full house of delighted and responsive patrons who revelled in every twist and turn, and there were many. The writing was excellent and was very well served by the assured performance of Bryce Youngman. It is a black comedy, with a tender heart. A thoroughly enjoyable, polished evening of theatre.” – Australian Stage


Director – Matthew Edgerton

Starring – Bryce Youngman

Stage Manager – Aaron Cananzi

Composer and Sound Designer – James Collins

Lighting Designer – Joe Lui