This is a show that she planned to do but tragically was not able toGreg Duffield
Eurydice Dixon's life was cut short in a brutal attack in Melbourne last year, but her friend and Warrnambool comedian Greg Duffield is keeping her memory alive by bringing her comedy idea to the stage.
Duffield said the show, called Inconvenient Empathy, was the perfect way to honour the aspiring comedian and actress who was murdered in Melbourne's Princess Park on her way home from a gig.
Melbourne's Fringe Festival will host two performances of the show next month.
"It's a tribute to Eurydice. This is a show that she planned to do but tragically was not able to," he said.
"It was an idea for a show she had. She was going to do a stand-up show called Inconvenient Empathy which was about her as a committed feminist sympathising with some of the men's rights activists arguments, which is a very crazy idea for a show.
"For the Fringe Festival, we thought we'd stage it and do our version of her show."
Dixon was a regular at the comedy room Duffield helped run. "We were all in the same scene, in the same clique in the same group in the Melbourne comedy scene," he said.
It is not the first time Duffield has performed the show, having twice before staged it on a much smaller scale. "We did another version of the show earlier this year at the Mechanics Institute in Brunswick," he said. It was the same location where he helped run the comedy room where Dixon was a regular performer.
"By a strange coincidence, it was also the first theatre Eurydice started acting in when she joined the Moreland Theatre Company at age 10," Duffield said. "We just thought it was important to do the show in the theatre because it had a very strong significance to us and Eurydice."
Duffield will perform Inconvenient Empathy with comedians Sophie Prints and Andrew Roberts on September 19 and 24 at Trades Hall during the fringe festival.
He said that while he had talked to Dixon about her idea for the show, "we really have no idea what kind Eurydice would have wanted". "It's very tough. Obviously a lot of emotion and it's very, very raw," he said.
"But seeing that we're all such great fans of Eurydice who was a great person, very deep thinker with an amazing mind, we're honouring her the best we can through her art, through her ideas.
"Tragically we cannot bring her back but we can just ensure her name lives on and try to carry on her spirit as best we can."
Duffield said the idea for the comedy routine was on a controversial topic. "We sort of joke like 'could she have bothered to do a feel good show about ducks or something, why does she have to make it so tough for us?'" he said. "Eurydice couldn't you have given us an easier show to put on? I'm sure she's laughing at us.
"It's sort of outside my comfort zone. You're rising to the challenge. To do the best tribute to her possible you just have to commit as best you can to the premise of the show."
The previous comedy shows have included Duffield, and fellow performers, wearing cardboard boxes on their heads and bicycle bells as well as crawling around the stage in a green sleeping bag pretending to be a giant caterpillar.
He said Dixon's family was completely behind the show. Duffield said Dixon's father had started a non-for-profit organisation designed to foster, promote and support critical comedy in Australia.
Duffield grew up in Panmure and Warrnambool before moving to Melbourne where over the years he has performed at festivals, and working in filmmaking and writing for TV.
In recent years he has performed in the sell-out play called And Then There Were Not As Many, which is a take-off of the Agatha Christie play And Then There Were None.
He said he was about to start work on writing a "sci-fi mindbender" novel, and is about to publish a fantasy novel which he has just finished painting a dragon for the cover.
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