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Night, Mother - Old Mill Theatre

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Mental Health provide play for pause
Night, Mother addresses suicide at the Old Mill Theatre during Mental Health Week (7 – 14 October).

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This poignant play that was nominated for four Tony Awards and winner of the 1983 Pulitzer Prize for Drama, Night, Mother is an eloquent, enthralling and ultimately shattering play that explores the final hours in the life of a woman who has decided that her life is no longer worth living.

As the rate of suicides rises in our community in Perth, Night, Mother is a piece of drama we can't ignore.

This play tells the story of Jessie, an epileptic woman in her 40s who systematically prepares for her own death – and the frantic and touching efforts of her mother, Thelma, to stop her. The play is a powerful watch and important for people to see. At first, her mother refuses to take her seriously, but as Jessie sets about tidying the house and making lists of things to be looked after, her sense of desperate helplessness begins to build.

As mother and daughter spend a high-stakes evening together, the ensuing debate - sometimes quiet, sometimes tempestuous - ultimately gives rise to some of our deepest, most personal questions about how and why we value life.

The play, which unravels in real time over the 90 minutes, allows us an intimate window into the relationship between a mother and daughter torn apart by the devastating effects of depression.

This compelling drama bristles with suspense as Thelma desperately tries to convince Jessie that life is truly worth living. The play pushes beyond our preconceptions of why people take their own lives and keeps us on the edge of our seats till the final curtain.

Featuring: Susannah Churchman and Caroline McDonnell and directed by Gino Cataldo.

This show is suitable for ages 15.

Performance Dates:
October 5, 7.30pm
October 6, 7.30pm
October 7, 2.00pm
October 11, 7.30pm
October 12, 7.30pm
October 13, 7.30pm
October 14,, 2pm
October 18, 7.30pm
October 19 7.30pm
October 20 7.30pm

Running time: 90 minutes, no interval

Times: Evening shows commence at 7.30pm, Sunday matinees commence at 2pm

Doors open 45min prior to curtain. Licensed bar

Venue: Old Mill Theatre, corner Mends St & Mill Point Rd, South Perth

TICKETS: $25 FULL PRICE, $20 CONCESSION CALL 9255 3336 OR BOOK ONLINE: www.whatson.com.au/oldmilltheatre

"…honest, uncompromising, lucid, penetrating, well-written, dramatic, and…unmanipulatively moving…" —NY Magazine.
WA MENTAL HEALTH WEEK 7 – 14 October 2018 (https://mhw.waamh.org.au)
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When: October 5-20
Phone: 9255 3336
Where: Mends Street, South Perth WA 6151
Cost: $20.00
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