“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 two of Melbourne’s leading performers Belinda McClory and Emily Tomlins, this world premiere has been shortlisted for the Rodney Seaborn Playwrights’ Award and Max Afford Playwrights’ Award.
You can find some of the critical responses to this work below.
“Satchell’s text masterfully crafts these characters in this moment. Very little in this play is extraneous to this fragment of these women’s lives, but they are such complete portraits that we feel like we know their whole story, even though we really don’t.”
“As the sisters, Tomlins and McClory are simply superb. “
“[T]his is a play of intensity and courage that swims in a sea of complex femininity”
“My Sister Feather is a terrific play, fully resourced in terms of theatricality, sensitively understated and well- constructed.”
“It was my first time attending a show at La Mama. With its proud history of fostering and supporting great Australian talent (Cate Blanchett and Judith Lucy among their alumni), my expectations were high and I was not disappointed.”
Writer/Director – Olivia Satchell
Cast – Emily Tomlins & Belinda McClory
Dramaturg – Emma Valente
Sound Designer – Tom Backhaus
Lighting Designer – Jason Crick
Set & Costume Designer – James Lew
Assistant Director – Fiona Spitzkowsky
Stage Manager/Operator – Julian Dibley-Hall
Producer – Anna Kennedy
Publicity – Eleanor Howlett (Sassy Red PR)
Image – Sarah Walker
Performing 30 May – 10 June at La Mama Courthouse. Head here for full production details and tickets.