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Little Brother, Big Sister single work   drama  
Issue Details: First known date: 2020... 2020 Little Brother, Big Sister
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'On the brink of artistic discovery, Michel’s plans for the future are interrupted by a diagnosis of schizophrenia – he must rely on his sister – yet Karen has dreams of her own, how long can she push them aside to care for him?  

'Drawn from the writer’s lived experience of schizophrenia, this powerful play explores the relationship between siblings who grapple with managing this condition, which interrupts their focus on transforming the world through art.  

'Michel is writing his first novel, Hipflask, his older sister Karen is in Europe turning the world into paintings. Michel’s letters take a strange turn. He believes Joan Miro and Franz Kafka are his companions and he can speak with them. His sister Karen rushes home. Diagnosed with schizophrenia, he is unable to accept it. Karen becomes her brother’s carer, which tests but cannot destroy their strong bond.'

Source: La Mama Theatre.


  • Producer's note:

    Content warning: References the experience of acute mental ill health in the form of schizophrenia.

Affiliation Notes

  • Writing Disability in Australia

    Type of disability Schizophrenia.
    Type of character Primary (autobiographical).
    Point of view Unconfirmed.

Production Details

  • Scheduled for production by La Mama Theatre at La Mama Courthouse, 19 - 24 May 2020.

    Production postponed, but not initially cancelled, as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.

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