Drawn from the writer’s lived experience of schizophrenia, this powerful play explores the relationship between siblings who grapple to manage this condition, interrupting their urge to transform the world through art.

Michel is writing his first novel – Hipflask, his older sister Karen is in Europe turning the world into paintings. Michel’s letters take a strange turn. He now believes he can speak with Joan Miro and Franz Kafka and they are his companions. His sister Karen rushes home from overseas. Diagnosed with schizophrenia, Michel is unable to accept it. Pushing her own artistic practice to the side, Karen becomes her brother’s carer, which tests but cannot destroy their strong bond.

Yet Karen has artistic dreams of her own. How long can she push them aside?

“a love letter to those diagnosed with schizophrenia and the people who care for them…a theatrical experience that does gently take you on a journey… must-see theatre.” – THEATRE TRAVELS, Casey Bohan

“thought-provoking, poignant and beautiful” – MILK BAR MAG, Joshua Judson

Event Access

For Access Enquiries contact Myf Powell: myf@lamama.com.au

La Mama provides an online show program to all ticket holders, sent via Trybooking in an electronic version in PDF and Word Doc as well as a large print version displayed on the wall in the front of house area. You can also access the show program from opening night of the show here.

The Playwright’s Supporting Note –
It is not my or our creative team’s intent to lead someone to have an episode due to the confronting material in Little Brother, Big Sister. Yet if someone does feel vulnerable, before coming to the play, or while you are at La Mama, we have been thinking of you. We have a quiet space outside the theatre into which to retreat, if you are in need of tranquil space, during or after the play. Emotional resolution over difficult terrain is a big theme in this play and this theme translates to how we want our audience to respond to personal details of lived experience. Our wish is that our play be a gentle journey of learning and smooth sailing, where everyone’s needs are cared for in every personal situation, before it can escalate into a predicament. Carers and consumers alike, you are all welcome into La Mama’s caring environment. Remember, we are there for our audience. Michel Paul Tuomy

Venue Access

La Mama offers fully physically accessible spaces and facilities. La Mama Courthouse has undergone extensive renovations - we are wheelchair accessible for audiences.

Please note that the doorway to the theatre is approximately 1 metre wide so if you are a wheelchair user with a mobility device wider than this please get in touch before the show so we can try to meet your access requirements in the most comfortable way for you info@lamama.com.au or (03) 9347 6948

Accessible parking available (1 bay) outside La Mama Courthouse on Drummond St, also at Rathdown St, Elgin St, Lygon St,

Accessible parking map available here - https://lamama.com.au/for-audience/accessibility/

Event type

by Deaf and/or disabled artists

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