New Aussie play HYPNAGOGISM gives voice to traumatised actors.

4th to 14th October 2017
7pm Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, and Saturday
@ The Factory Theatre
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MITCH: It’s the breastplate; I’m almost dead.

TARYN: What?

MITCH: I said it’s the best play I’ve ever read.

Come along for an insider’s perspective on the strange and confusing journey that is drama school, where the line between fantasy and reality is blurred, the pain is real, and the guru is always right.

We follow drama student ‘Michelle’ as she enters a nonsensical world filled with bizarre characters. There’s a rabbit, a failed fortune teller, a scumbag cigarette who only lives for seven minutes, and a child’s drawing of outer space who is utterly convinced she is an entire universe. The guru remains hidden behind a curtain, as he is a celebrity, and students would be star-struck if they could see his face.

While negotiating her way through the madness of the school, the interpersonal struggles of forced intimacy amongst the young students leave Michelle hypervigilant, and she clings to information for dear life. In an institution where pain is glorified and delusions are praised, can she make it out with her mental health intact?

Dr Mark Seton, co-author of the Australian Actors Wellbeing Study, is very supportive of this play:

“[Hypnagogism] allows a space for us to seriously talk, in the industry, around the questions of psychological and emotional health and wellbeing in places of actor training, and the ethics that surround that.”

Directed by Luke Beattie and Frankie

Starring: Bretany Amber as Michelle
Brielle Flynn as the Rabbit
Daniel D’Amico as Mitch
Vonne Patiag as Toby
Tivy Siripanich as Taryn
Kate Allison as Stephanie
Ash Sakha as Darren
Lachlan Mcnab as Jamie

Produced by Margaret Grove and Frankie

A Balter Theatre Production

Written by Frankie

4th to 14th October
Wednesdays to Saturdays at 7pm
@ The Factory Theatre
105 Victoria Road, Marrickville