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In April 2009, two weeks short of his 19th birthday Toowoomba teenager Kristjan Terauds died due to complications from illicit drug use.
Inspired by ‘April’s Fool’, an account of his son’s death by Kristjan’s father, the Empire Theatre in Toowoomba commissioned award-winning playwright, David Burton to bring this story to the stage.
Using the words of Kristjan’s friends and family interviewed over many months the result is a powerful mix of sadness, loss, and ultimately love, laced with humour.
April's Fool is a thought-provoking and ultimately optimistic reflection on how people live their lives.
After its debut season in 2010, April’s Fool was universally praised for its honesty and ability to engage while never preaching or lecturing. The result is a theatre experience that reflects Kristjan himself – loving, warm, generous, open, honourable, gentle, complex and provocative.
For the first time this production is presented at the Brolga Theatre on April 17 as part of a national tour.
Michelle Radunz, Drama Teacher at Chinchilla State High School took some of her students to see a performance.
“They witnessed real characters, real feelings and real reactions. It shocked them, it challenged them, it angered them, it saddened them. It made them laugh and it made them cry. This was the first performance my students have been really passionate about,” she said.
Brolga Theatre Manager, Ron Murray adds: “if you only go to the theatre once this year, do not miss this play. It is too important.”
Tickets are on sale at the Brolga now and cost $25 Adults, $20 Concessions, $17 Students and $15 for groups of 10 or more and can be purchased by visiting the theatre, calling 4122 6060 or online at www.brolgatheatre.org