Mum, Me & the IED

Kevin Jackson moves from classics to direct new Australian play about PTSD

Kevin Jackson is directing this new Australian play about the complexities and ravages of PTSD on Australian soldiers and their families.

The play, which is based on true life events, follows the temporally disrupted journeys of a troubled army medic. Rob tries to hide behind jokes and deflections but he can’t prevent his fractured mind from ‘time travelling’ between home and Afghanistan. His anti-war mother, weary counsellor and vulnerable brother are pulling him in different directions. And he’s convinced his senior officer, another damaged soul, is tearing the ‘stitches’ from his wounds.

Desperate, Rob takes the biggest risk of his army career, and sets out on a journey that may be the most dangerous he’s ever taken.

Kevin Jackson’s reputation as a director and an acting teacher has ensured a first-rate cast and a highly skilled stage team. Cate Blanchett, Sarah Snook, Miranda Otto, Richard Roxborough, Essie Davis, Sam Worthington and Jacqueline McKenzie are some of his former students.

The writers are a proven creative duo. In 2016 their play, A Nest of Skunks, about refugees in hiding enjoyed superb reviews and played to packed houses. James Balian has written and directed many film, stage and TV shows. Roger Vickery has won over 70 awards for stories, poetry and stage work.

Featuring Matilda Brodie, Martin Harper, Elaine Hudson, Philippe Klaus and Joshua Shediak. Design by Rachel Scane. Lighting design by Martin Kinnane. Sound design by Ben Pierpoint. Lydia Kelly is the lighting and sound operator.

Written by James Balian and Roger Vickery. Presented by Collaborations Theatre Group.

$5 of each ticket on 15, 22 and 29 August will be gifted to recognised counselling services.

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When

Wednesday 15 August 2018 from 8pm to 6pm
Thursday 16 August 2018 from 8pm to 9.30pm
Friday 17 August 2018 from 8pm to 9.30pm
Saturday 18 August 2018 from 2pm to 3.30pm
Saturday 18 August 2018 from 8pm to 9.30pm
Wednesday 22 August 2018 from 8pm to 9.30pm
Thursday 23 August 2018 from 8pm to 9.30pm
Friday 24 August 2018 from 8pm to 9.30pm
Saturday 25 August 2018 from 2pm to 3.30pm
Saturday 25 August 2018 from 8pm to 9.30pm
Wednesday 29 August 2018 from 8pm to 9.30pm
Thursday 30 August 2018 from 8pm to 9.30pm
Friday 31 August 2018 from 8pm to 9.30pm
Saturday 1 September 2018 from 8pm to 9.30pm

Cost

Full: $32.00
Concession: $27.00
Cheap Wed & Preview: $22.00

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  • Mobility access

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