Drawn from the writer’s lived experience of schizophrenia, this powerful play explores the relationship between siblings who grapple to manage this condition, interrupting their urge to transform 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 now believes he can speak with Joan Miro and Franz Kafka and they are his companions. His sister Karen rushes home from overseas. Diagnosed with schizophrenia, Michel is unable to accept it. Pushing her own artistic practice to the side, Karen becomes her brother’s carer, which tests but cannot destroy their strong bond.
‘a love letter to those diagnosed with schizophrenia and the people who care for them…a theatrical experience that does gently take you on a journey… must-see theatre.’ – THEATRE TRAVELS, Casey Bohan (on Little Brother, Big Sister in 2021)
Content Warning: References the experience of acute mental illness in the form of schizophrenia
Written by Michel Paul Tuomy
Directed by Cathy Hunt
Performed by Adam Cass & Jane Barry
Dramaturg: Peter Matheson
NDIS Arts Mentor: Tania Smith
Mad Comrade: Sandy Jeffs
Set & costume design by Kris Bird
Sound design & composition by Jess Keeffe
Lighting design (original) by Shane Grant
Lighting realisation & recreation by Giovanna Yate Gonzalez
Michel’s artworks by Michel Paul Tuomy
Karen’s artworks by Elyss McCleary
Image by Darren Gill
Visual rating 50%: Events are partly subtitled or include dialogue, background music and/or sounds, so d/Deaf and hard of hearing audiences can have some engagement with the event.
Aural Rating 50%: Has both sound and visual components, but sight isn’t essential to be able to engage with the event.