Wednesday 6 March 2019 @ 7.30pm
OSPA Theatre, Hall Road, Onewhero
Based on the true stories of four generations of women and their devilish alter egos, Mockingbird is a tongue-in-cheek portrayal of both postnatal psychosis and postnatal depression, which affects approximately 1 in 7 women every year.
Written and performed by Lecoq trained actor Lisa Brickell and musician Siri Embla, and directed by Giovanni Fusetti and Ruth Dudding, Mockingbird follows Tina (Brickell), a counsellor who is afraid of commitment and terrified of having children due to her family history of postnatal depression. Brickell masterfully switches between three generations of characters and their menacing 'inner critic' which she performs in a Commedia dell’arte style half mask.
Mockingbird is rich with personal anecdotes from Brickell's own family, and informed by the work of Dr Diana Jefferies and her team at Western Sydney University, who studied historical accounts of women admitted to Sydney's Callan Park and Gladesville Hospitals from 1885 to 1955. The research "provided insights into the criteria that were used to diagnose women with mental illnesses; the treatment and care that they received in hospital; and the social factors that contributed to their conditions." says Dr Jefferies.
Brickell also consulted mental health organisation Changing Minds NZ in the development of Mockingbird. CEO of the Changing Minds, Taimi Allan, says that sharing the real-life "lived experience" is "absolutely integral" to breaking down the stigma, barriers and discrimination associated with mental health issues. "Helping people to share those experiences, through the powerful and engaging medium of theatre and sensitive use of humour, is a wonderful way to gain empathy and understanding rather than sympathy from audiences," says Allan.
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, Sam Baran Media, Sydney
Tickets available online or can be purchased from The Goodness Grocer, Pukekohe.Tickets