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Mockingbird – a comedy about mental health
March 22, 2019 @ 7:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Based on the true stories of four generations of women and their devilish alter egos, Mockingbird is a tongue-in-cheek portrayal of postnatal distress, which affects approximately one in seven women and many men every year.
Written by Lisa Brickell and performed by her and musician/actor Siri Embla, Mockingbird follows a counsellor who is afraid of commitment and terrified of having children due to her family history of postnatal depression.
Mockingbird is rich with personal anecdotes from Brickell’s own family and studied historical accounts of women admitted to Hospitals from 1885 to 1955.
Taimi Allan, CEO of mental health organisation Changing Minds, 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