MY SISTER FEATHER Critical Stages & A Voice in My Hands
For ages: 18-65+
"Poignant and affecting, this is a beautiful work speaking to our longing to be connected, as well as a thorough portrayal of the effect of childhood trauma.... Both actors are stunning, these are affecting and intensely vulnerable performances. Tomlins carries frustration and rage in her body while McClory moves with the brittleness made up of layers of control, of denial. 4 stars." Arts Hub
"I thought I’d let her know I made it after all.” Tilly and Egg have been waiting for their mother to find them. They haven’t seen her since she disappeared during a game of hide-and-seek when they were kids. They’re middle-aged when Tilly receives two letters from her. She’s dead. Egg’s in prison, and Tilly needs special permission to visit and let her know. Tilly was supposed to keep Egg close but it’s only the spectre of their mother that now brings them back together. my sister feather is the second play in a trilogy of works by Olivia Satchell about grief, memory and the female body. Written for Melbourne’s leading performers Belinda McClory and Emily Tomlins, this world premiere has been shortlisted for the Rodney Seaborn Playwrights’ Award 2017 and Max Afford Playwrights’ Award 2018. It premiered at La Mama in June 2018 with a critically acclaimed season, with live music composed & performed by Tom Backhaus.
Marketing selling points
* Gripping, affecting, moving production. * Outstanding reviews * Masterclass in acting from two of Victoria's leading and highly acclaimed performers, Belinda McClory & Emily Tomlins. * There was a strong connection with Victorian Women's Trust formed in original season ($5 for each ticket was donated to the Trust) providing marketing opportunities for future touring. * Potential for presenters to connect with local womens' group. * Both cast members & writer/director are highly committed to giving the work a future life through touring and will be available for press.
Key audience and marketing notes
* As a story about sisters and their inseparable bonds, as well as the challenges of motherhood & life growing up without a mother - this production is particularly suited to women aged 18-65+. * It will also appeal to drama lovers, who will enjoy a riveting masterclass in performance from two of Victoria's finest actors. * It is an intimate and compelling work for those who like their drama up close and personal. * The themes will resonate especially with those who enjoy stories of strong women, and families.
Community Engagement activities
We would be very interested in further conversations with presenters about how we can engage especially with young women, women at risk and youth at risk in your area during the tour, pre & or post-performance. Q & A's post show on issues raised by the performance will be valuable opportunities especially providing an occasion to invite representative from local women's groups to speak / participate / attend. The cast will also be available for free workshops and masterclasses throughout the tour.
What is this?
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|Theatre formats||Proscenium, Black Box, Thrust, Flat Floor|
|Bump in (hours)||8|
|Bump out (hours)||2|
FIXTURES In it's previous form my sister feather required the following fixtures 12 x 650W Fresnels 4 x 1000W Fresnels 1 x 575W Axial 24-44° ZoomSpot 1 x 3m White LED strip 1 x vending machine POWER & CONTROL my sister feather requires, at minimum, a desk capable of storing 24 scenes. In terms of power, it ran comfortably on two 32A dimmer racks, and could be compressed if needs be. The LED strip within the vending machine needs to be on a switchable power board within reach of the operator. The vending machine itself drew less than 1000W. Cable requirements depend upon the patching in any given venue, but the unmodified show calls for, at minimum, 13 dimming circuits, 1 hot circuit and 1 switchable hot circuit. HARDWARE The 1Ks and the Axial hang on their hook clamps, but the 650W Fresnels are to be lowered into the space where possible. This was achieved with four 1.5m lengths 50ml pipe which the 650s were outrigged on. A 90 degree scaff clamp held them to the grid, and a second at the base of the pipe acted as a slide guard. 4 x 1.5m 50ml pipe 8 x 90° scaff clamp
Standard PA set up required from venue. Producer to supply following: Audio interface (Scarlett 6i6) Acoustic Guitar Shure SM57 Digitech Whammy IV Microkorg XL Korg Nanokontrol 2 (for mixing) Guitar stand and kick drum mic stand
The set is a meeting room and consists simply of two benches either side of a table. A vending machine and a rubbish bin. It was originally performed in traverse but can be easily adjusted to any venue configuration. Below dimensions were from original production but are flexible.
Stage dimensions (meters)
|Width: 7.6||Height: 4|
|Depth: 3.9||Wing space: 1.5|
Pre-rig of lighting and sound required before company arrival. Bump-in crew required: 2 mechanists x 2 hours each; 2 lighting / AV crew x 6 hours; Sound crew x 2 hours. Bump-out: 2 mechanists x 2 hours; 1 lighting/av crew x 2 hours