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EARLY BIRD NOW EXTENDED UNTIL 31ST JANUARY 2018
CALL OF THE MOCKINGBIRD:
Responding to maternal mental health in the perinatal period
One day conference followed by Mockingbird performance.
14th February 2018
Western Sydney University
Parramatta South Campus
Registration is now open and for further information about this exciting conference please download the program PDF, 2173.95 KB or contact Rebecca Stamopoulos via email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Opening on the 14th February 2018 at the Ian and Nancy Turbot Auditorium, Parramatta South Campus for one night.
A Black Comedy about Mental Health
Understanding Post Natal Distress by using performance to engage audiences with real women’s stories over four generations.
Mockingbird explores the often neglected subject of mental health through the use of humour, mask and music.
Mockingbird is a performance based on true stories, including the writer, Lisa Brickell’s own story and that of her female ancestors, the stories of other women involved in the project and the real-life experience of women who have been admitted to psychiatric hospitals in Sydney with a diagnosis of depression or psychosis after childbirth. Although names have been changed to protect the identity of the women, the stories are based on historical healthcare records from 1885 to 2001. The research for the show has been carried out by Dr Diana Jefferies and her team from the School of Nursing and Midwifery at Western Sydney University.
The performance style is exciting; a single performer brings to life multiple characters through the use of mask work and physical theatre. The internalized negative thoughts or ‘inner critic’ of the women are personified in a half masked character who is hilarious and horrible. There is no fourth wall allowing the central character, Tina, to speak directly to the audience.
14th February 2018 - Western Sydney University
15th - 16th February 2018 - Redfern
- Bookings via www.trybooking.com
"This is the most wonderful show, deeply moving, hysterically funny with a twist that takes you to the darkest of places and returns you to the light.'
Alex Bonham, What's Good.
For further information about this exciting event please download the flyer PDF, 230.53 KB.
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