Last Man To Die

documentation of ‘the last man to die’ (2010)


Last Man To Die is an active experiment in the relationship and interaction between three, traditionally distinct, art forms – Drawing, Performance, and Percussion. This experiment takes three artists, each successful in their own disciplines, and through active synthesis and disjunction attempts to generate a new and common expression.

In this experiment each discipline is equal but not equivalent, each has influence and is influenced and each is dependent and independent. We exploit the nature of digital technologies to provide a common language for immediate communication and interaction between the different art forms. Each one becomes a data source for the others.


Last Man to Die, the cross artform collective of Hanna Cormick (actor), Benjamin Forster (artist) and Charles Martin (percussionist) was founded in 2008 during their collaboration on the work Cognition performed at Belconnen Theatre, The Street Theatre and the ANU School of Music (Canberra) as well as La Mama Theatre (Melbourne).

In 2009, Last Man to Die presented Vital LMTD, a cross-disciplinary response to the creation and definition of life in The Street Theatre’s Made in Canberra season and showed in the Crack Theatre Festival at Newcastle’s This Is Not Art Festival.

In 2010, supported by ArtsACT, the Australian Government’s Department of Innovation, Industry, Science and Research and the Australia Council for the Arts, Last Man to Die created “THE LAST MAN TO DIE”, an installation/performance exploring the possible consequences of indefinite extension of human life.

“THE LAST MAN TO DIE” was shown throughout 2010 at Belconnen Theatre (Canberra), The Street Theatre (Canberra), PACT Centre for Emerging Artists (Sydney), The Blue Room (Perth) and as part of Brisbane Festival’s Under the Radar season at Metro Arts (Brisbane).

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