On the brink of artistic discovery, Michel’s plans for the future are interrupted by a diagnosis of schizophrenia – he must rely on his sister – yet Karen has dreams of her own, how long can she push them aside to care for him?
Drawn from the writer’s lived experience of schizophrenia, this powerful play explores the relationship between siblings who grapple with managing this condition, which interrupts their focus on transforming 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 believes Joan Miro and Franz Kafka are his companions and he can speak with them. His sister Karen rushes home. Diagnosed with schizophrenia, Michel is unable to accept it. Karen becomes her brother’s career, which tests but cannot destroy their strong bond.
Cathy Hunt’s direction has led to four superb performances, and the nuance each actor brings to their characters is to be commended. – The Music
Writer: Michel Paul Tuomy
NDIS Arts Mentor: Tania Smith
Dramaturg: Peter Matheson
Mad Comrade: Sandy Jeffs
Director: Cathy Hunt
Directing Attachment (Emerging Director Award, Union House): Vaishnavi Ravikrishna
Set & costume designer: Kris Bird
Sound designer & composer: Jess Keeffe
Lighting designer: Shane Grant
Production & Stage manager: Hayley Fox
Michel: Adam Cass
Karen: Jane Barry
Image by Darren Gill
Content warning: References the experience of acute mental ill health in the form of schizophrenia.
Fri 7:30 pm *Auslan interpreted
Sat 2 pm *Relaxed performance
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