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The Silver Chair

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    Recurs every day until Saturday 1st Oct 2022
  • Wollongong Campus
    Building 29 Theatre G02
  • Contact Detailsassh-events@uow.edu.au

Three voices: Mind, Body, and Witness. It's a classic tale we've all heard before; Body meets Witness, Body wants Witness, Mind wants Body, Witness hates Mind...? Okay, it's more complex than we made it sound. We wrestle with the concept of loving oneself for the sake of another, and the unstable nature of that relationship. Self-love, self-hatred, self-preservation, infatuation, longing, and above all, anger are the driving complexities in our performance.

The Silver Chair is a darkly humorous critique of the psychiatric institution and its failings. It is a challenge to traditional literary form. It revels in the joy of 'madness', as well as the devastation of it. It is a tragedy and a poem, and after weeks of intellectual suffering, physical strenuousness, and chaotic hilarity, we have produced this show, focusing on the desperation and infatuation of a poor sufferer of depression, and the tender love for oneself in the face of psychological torment.

Warnings: Use of explicit and offensive language, strong references to suicide and self-harm.

Director: Annie Roberts

Cast: Olivia Harris, Michael Ianni, Billee Harris

Production and Stage Manager: Kiara Smith

Sound Design: Annie Roberts

Lighting Design: Alistair Davies

Sound/Lighting Operator: Zachary Hanlon

Supervisor: Dr Tim Maddock

*Performances are free to attend but bookings are essential