Remember you are dying: Momento Mori (Sydney Fringe Festival)

Q&A with writer of Momento Mori, Bradley Vincent

What can people expect from Momento Mori?

The story draws inspiration from queer artists and it’s about two boys trying to make sense of their relationship. How we try and do that is look at men who have come before us. It’s romantic and intimate and looks and the true intricacies of a relationship.

What is your role in the production?

I wrote Momento Mori, and it was directed by James Beach. It stars two actors Johnny Diaz Nicolaidis and Craig Meneaud. The set design was done by a Sydney based artist Tarik Ahliand, and the original score was composed by Monica Brooks

The story in a sense is largely autobiographical. It’s about growing up and trying to make sense of who you are in the world. I was reading a quote from Susan Sontang, and I will paraphrase her because I can’t remember the exact quote: ‘Jews and homosexuals are the outstanding creative minorities of our time’. When she wrote that, it was a time when there was a lot of exciting art going on that had a clean attitude but stood out as having its own strength. It’s been a joy to get into that world, but write about it from the perspective of a modern gay artist.

What makes it different to other queer productions?

I think there is something original to say in Momento Mori. I wanted to try and get people to read more about a social path and it’s really about discovering a new history.

What can you tell me about the set for the production?

The way the set has been put together was by creating a mural, printing this onto a textile so it became a series of hanging textiles that are around six metres each in size.

What does the phrase ‘Momento Mori’ mean?

The phrase ‘Momento Mori’ means ‘remember you are dying’. There’s a long string of artworks that remind us of our own immortality. Because this is a play about the actors very much remembering, not only their history but the history before them, it seemed appropriate.