Little brother, Big sister
La Mama Theatre
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, he is unable to accept it. Karen becomes her brother’s carer, which tests but cannot destroy their strong bond.
Content warning: References the experience of being forcibly restrained by police and taken to an institution. Related to the experience of acute mental ill health in the form of schizophrenia.
Writer: Michel Tuomy
Director: Cathy Hunt
Dramaturg: Peter Matheson
NDIS Arts Mentor: Tania Smith
Sound designer & composer: Jess Keeffe
Lighting designer: Shane Grant
Michel: Adam Cass
Karen: Jane Barry