“I grew up not knowing my family history. My mother had her whole childhood memory erased. I thought I could stitch back the body of my family through art, and in doing so I found a story that I feel most Australians can relate to.”

Part mystery, part documentary, Kaz Therese’s Sleeplessness follows a fractured narrative in this radically honest story of self-discovery. Therese brings audiences along for a fascinating and emotional journey as they work backwards in time to uncover the mysteries of their family.

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Photo: Alex Wisser + Anna Kucera

Thu 4 Aug, 7:30pm
SOLD OUT

Fri 5 Aug, 7:30pm

Sat 6 Aug, 7:30pm
Performance followed by a conversation with Kaz Therese and Dr Adele Chynoweth moderated by Sarah Miller AM.

Thu 11 Aug, 7:30pm
Performance followed by a conversation inviting members of the Stolen Generation, Forgotten Australians and Asylum Seeker/ Refugee communities to discuss their experiences of class in Australia.

Speakers: Leonie Sheedy, Uncle Michael ‘Widdy’ Welsh, Zaki Haidari and Nadeena Dixon moderated by Sarah Miller AM

This performance and public program event will be Auslan interpreted.

Fri 12 Aug, 7:30pm

Sat 13 Aug, 7:30pm

 

$50 + booking fee

Sat 6 Aug
A post-show conversation with Kaz Therese and Dr Adele Chynoweth moderated by Sarah Miller AM.

Thu 11 Aug
A post-show conversation inviting members of the Stolen Generation, Forgotten Australians and Asylum Seeker/ Refugee communities to discuss their experiences of class in Australia.

Speakers: Leonie Sheedy, Uncle Michael ‘Widdy’ Welsh, Zaki Haidari and Nadeena Dixon moderated by Sarah Miller AM

This performance and public program event will be Auslan interpreted.

This performance contains adult content and implied sexual violence which may be triggering. Recommended for ages 15+

Writer/Performer Kaz Therese
Co-Writer and Director Anthea Williams
Community Engagement and Class Action Workshop Facilitator Aunty Rhonda Dixon
Composer Anna Liebzeit
Video Artist Zanny Begg
Lighting Designer Karen Norris
Choreographer Martin del Amo
Stage Manager Anastasia Mowen
Video Consultant Samuel James
Producer Erin Milne for Bureau of Works
Curator Daniel Mudie Cunningham
Class Actions Workshop Facilitators James Hazel, Kaz Therese
Cinematography – Budapest Margie Medlin
Additional Film Materials Kaz Therese
Cinematography – Sydney Tania Lambert
Commissioner Carriageworks

The performance and public program event on Thu 11 Aug will be Auslan interpreted.

Masks are strongly recommended while in the theatre.

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Commissioned by Carriageworks. This project has been assisted by the Australian Government through the Australia Council, its arts funding and advisory body and supported by the NSW Government through Create NSW.