In 2017 La Mama will be working with community health organisations and regional venues to present Birdcage Thursdays.
About Birdcage Thursdays: Birdcage Thursdays is a new Australian play which takes a theatrically innovative and tragicomic look at the issue of hoarding and some of the complexities around communication across services and the families of those who hoard. Featuring well loved Australian Actress Genevieve Picot and emerging performer Sophia Constantine, Birdcage Thursdays was first developed through La Mama theatre’s Explorations program in 2013, then went on to have a season in The Big West Festival in partnership with La Mama and the Helen McPherson Smith Trust. Some shows were also followed with a Q&A session from Tania Reid of ‘For the Crowded House’, which generated lots of discussion and shared experiences.
Touring Dates & Venues
12 Oct 2017 – Potato Shed, Drysdale
13 Oct 2017 – Provincial Hotel, Ballarat
14 Oct 2017 – Red Rock Regional Gallery, Cororooke
19 & 20 Oct – Violet Town Community Hall, Violet Town
21 Oct 2017 – Stratford Courthouse, Stratford
Some quotes from reviews :
“… this quietly moving play clears away the clutter and reveals her seemingly unhealthy attachment to her possessions come from a place of heartbreak and fear”
– Fiona Spitzkowski, Theatre People
“… her script is wonderful, a well-paced and managed story as familiar as it felt original. This was not a play about hoarding, but a play about the characters, and we cared”
– Kerith Galvin Manderson, Planet Arts Fashion
“… an honest piece that didn’t feel like it was pretending. Birdcage Thursdays connects and cares for people and it is clear that the team of Birdcage Thursdays do too.”
– Will Dawson, Syn FM
You can see more information and links to reviews HERE
And a short video clip of the work here:
This work has the potential to raise public awareness of this important issue as well as be a tool for opening discussion around some difficult issues with professionals who work with hoarders, especially if followed with a Q&A session.