Geelong Performing Arts Centre’s next Deakin University Theatre Season production is a passionate piece of theatre from talented young Australian writer Kendall Feaver.
Presented by Griffin Theatre Company, The Almighty Sometimes is a compelling study of a young woman trying to understand where her illness ends and her identity
The choices of a parent and child collide in this extraordinary work about mental health and the medication of children.
Anna has been medicated for a range of mood and behavioural disorders for as long as she can remember. Now she wants to know what life would be like without pills and prescriptions. More fulfilling? More exciting? More real?
As Anna tries to find out who she really is, her mother, Renee, remains determined to protect her. She can’t bear to watch her daughter go through the anguish all over again, to throw it all away for a personal experiment but Anna’s treatment is no longer her decision.
Winner of the Judges’ Award in the prestigious Bruntwood Prize for Playwriting (UK), this coming-of-age story is the professional debut of now London-based Feaver, who, over five years, spoke to more than 30 people including young people who had both stayed on and gone off medication, as well as parents and psychiatrists – to ensure the work was true to the experience.
Directed by the Helpmann Award-winning Lee Lewis, it is a quick-witted and bracingly honest take on the difficult choices you make in your child’s best interests, and what happens when you no longer have a say.
The play’s cast includes Hannah Waterman, Penny Cook, Shiv Paler and and Brenna Harding, who recently performed to Geelong audiences in The Bleeding Tree.
The Almighty Sometimes opens in the Drama Theatre on Thursday 13th September for four performances. Tickets are $58 or less, book at Box Office on 5225 1200 or gpac.org.au
Warning: This show contains coarse language. The content of this show deals with mental illness and may be confronting for some. Lifeline 13 11 14