A new Australian play fleshes out trauma in the acting classroom, exposing harmful practices and contributing to the current industry discussion on ethics.
Hypnagogism is a biting satire on the world of drama school from the sharp pen of Frankie – a funny, talented young woman who survived… just!
While negotiating her way through the madness of drama school, the interpersonal struggles of forced intimacy among other 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?
Frankie’s darkly funny satire draws from her own experiences of being psychologically injured in an acting class, where the quest for authenticity went awry. She developed full-blown Complex Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, became suicidal and was hospitalised. HYPNAGOGISM became her reason to live. She says, “I’m putting my mental breakdown on a stage and I want you to come and laugh at it with me.”
This is 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.
Directed by the playwright with Luke Beattie, Hypnagogismstars 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 and Lachlan Mcnab as Jamie.
Thursday 5 October 2017 from 7pm to 9.30pm
Friday 6 October 2017 from 7pm to 9.30pm
Saturday 7 October 2017 from 7pm to 9.30pm
Wednesday 11 October 2017 from 7pm to 9.30pm
Thursday 12 October 2017 from 7pm to 9.30pm
Friday 13 October 2017 from 7pm to 9.30pm
Saturday 14 October 2017 from 7pm to 9.30pm