Nothing’s been quite the same since Peter came to Morning, a mental asylum nestled inside the twisting corridors and forgotten rooms of The Foundry. Wendy is rebelling and Tink has started talking to strangers… Nevertheless, Morning has opened their doors to the public.
Audiences are invited to Morning Asylum for a night away to take stock of their mental well being. They’ll receive treatment from Dr Bell and Dr Hook, some of the finest minds in experimental psychology, and meet long term residents Wendy and Peter who will lead them on a guided tour of our facilities.
A journey filled with faith, trust and pixie dust incorporating stories from director Kiah Latham’s Grandfather’s experiences working in mental health care during the 70s and 80s.
For some people, growing up was never an option…
Directed by Cameron Cliff and Kiah Latham with artistic advisor Nerida Matthaei, Straight on ‘Till Morning is a dark adaptation of J. M. Barrie’s Peter Pan interwoven with mental health stories from Queensland’s past.
An immersive theatre show produced by Ruckus Poetry Slam in association with 2016 Anywhere Theatre Festival, it draws together a collection of Queensland’s spoken-word artists, dancers, actors and physical theatre performers.
Straight on ‘Til Morning takes place in the hidden and forgotten rooms and corridors of The Foundry. The historical building at 228 Wickham Street provides a perfect setting for you to have a night away from the world. All you will need is faith, trust and pixie dust.
Dates: Thursday – Sunday, 05 – 21 May 2016 @ 7:30pm
Location address: The Foundry Records, 228 Wickham St, Fortitude Valley.
All tickets: $30
Tickets available at: www.anywherefest.com/ruckus
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Straight On ’Til Morning is proudly supported by 2016 Anywhere Theatre Festival and The Foundry.
“I’ve been fascinated with fables since I can remember. They always dig deeper than the state of childish wonder in which you first encounter them. When Kiah started telling me stories that her grandfather was recalling to her, of working at mental asylums in Ipswich in the 70s and 80s, it startled me how much they parallelled with some of the flaws of the characters in Peter Pan. We were on a research trip to New York at the time and kept experiencing site-specific theatre. We said we had to do this and those stories that Kiah was telling me were a perfect fit. It’s been amazing to play with how we can make this narrative personal for the audience, to invite them in and give them a truly immersive experience where they step outside their comfort zone. We’re making a show that you can see four times and get a different experience each time. It’s a challenge but it’s also addictive”.
“We came to Ruckus with this idea, an immersive performance of Peter Pan that incorporated themes of mental health drawn from true stories. The more we talked about these stories, we started to realise that you could use them to explore and open conversations about mental health issues, through the use of a familiar narrative and a host of beloved characters. Ruckus is known for pushing the envelope a bit, they’ve done a few immersive poetry shows in unexpected places, on bridges and in houses. This made them a perfect production partner for making an adventure where people could learn to fly or grow up, to actually interact with characters. They felt that Anywhere Fest was the perfect place to create a work like this, to challenge people and take them on a journey. I can’t wait for you all to meet Peter, Wendy, Hook and Tink and explore the set”.