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A black comedy about motherhood and mental health at The Butterfly Club, Melbourne.

Date: Thursday 18, Friday 19, Saturday 20 October 2018
Time: 5.30pm
Venue: The Butterfly Club, Carson Place (off Little Collins St), Melbourne VIC 3000
Enquiries (not related to bookings): D.Jefferies@westernsydney.edu.au
Tickets: $34/30 conc. Group discounts available. All transactions attract a one-off $3.95 booking fee.


The back story





Mockingbird explores the often neglected subject of mental health through the use of humour, mask and music. A hopeful and entertaining show, Mockingbird will resonate in your thoughts long after you leave the theatre. Based on true stories, Lisa Brickell and Siri Embla weave a tale spanning four generations, multiple characters, and various dubious and devilish alter egos. Their tongue in cheek rendering of deeply flawed situations is dark and horrendously funny. They explore the real-life experience of women who have been admitted to psychiatric hospitals with mental distress after childbirth. The stories are based on the performers' own experiences and historical healthcare records from 1885 to 2001.

‘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, Auckland

Mockingbird is a clever, sensitive exploration of mental health. Funny and moving, it sheds light on an issue that affects many people but remains taboo even in our modern society.’ - Sam Baran, Sambaranmedia, Sydney

Written and performed by Lisa Brickell
Music written by Sarah Macombee and performed by Siri Embla
Directed by Ruth Dudding and Giovanni Fusetti

Supported by Western Sydney University, Funny Business, Changing Minds and the Australian Research Council Centre of Excellence for the History of Emotions.