a week to find the meaning of life

'The best comedy is both highly intelligent and completely stupid. I hope you find in Enlightenment a delicious blend of both.'
- David Staume

In Brief

With a week to find the meaning of life and prove himself to his brother, Tom finds a guru who sets him six tasks. But the tasks are inscrutable and the goal impossible. Tom must examine his life to set himself free.

The Writer

David Staume is a member of the Australian Writers' Guild and Writing NSW, where he co-convenes the Open Genre Writers' Group. In his spare time he runs a web production company.

David is the author of three published works of creative non-fiction, two published through Llewellyn (USA) and one through Agio Publishing (Canada).

David's goal is to make the profound profoundly funny.

He lives in Sydney, Australia.

The Composer

Jonathan Dimond is a multi-instrumentalist composer and performer, educated in the fields of classical music and jazz improvisation.

Jonathan has a PhD in Composition, Master of Music and Post Graduate Diploma of Music from New England Conservatory (USA), and a Bachelor of Music. He has also undergone training in North Indian classical music in Pune. He is currently senior lecturer and head of program at Melbourne Polytechnic, where he runs the Bachelor of Music degree.

He lives in Melbourne, Australia.

I've just finished reading/singing my way through your musical ... I loved it!

Tom is so likeable, Godfrey is so despicable and everyone has an Aunty Phyllis.

Your imagination has no boundaries - you entertained me, you made me laugh out-loud!

Louise Bishop-Klopper

What's happening?

  • A professional actor workshp is scheduled for 30th June 2024, organised by Timothy Daly.
  • The Rawkins song, 'The universe is going to shit' has been completed. It will probably be song for the first trailer.
  • We're in the development phase. Music composition is underway. We're planning for a musical trailer in 2024.
  • Thank You to Timothy Daly, whose practical craftmanship and methodologies, development and career advice, have been helpful beyond words. Timothy may be contacted via his site: Timothy Daly.
  • Thank You to Sunil Badami for his extraordinary cultural insights and sensitivity reading.
  • Thank You to the Mill Theatre in Canberra for their actor script workshop in November 2023.
  • Thank You to Mary Rachel Brown, whose insights and methodologies have greatly assisted in bringing the script to this stage. I recommend her as a dramaturg. Mary can be contacted via the Australian Writers' Guild.

A thought-provoking musical comedy ... Just what the world needs!