my sister feather

Pictured: Belinda McClory and Emily Tomlins. Photo by Sarah Walker.

“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 had a two-week season at La Mama Courthouse as part of its Autumn Program (May 30 – June 10 2018). 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. It’s not a prison play, despite its setting; it uses the prison yard as a crucible to distil this relationship between these sisters.” (Witness Performance)

“[T]his is a play of intensity and courage that swims in a sea of complex femininity” (Theatre People)

“As the sisters, Tomlins and McClory are simply superb. ” (Timeout Melbourne)

My Sister Feather is a terrific play, fully resourced in terms of theatricality, sensitively understated and well- constructed.” (ArtsHub)

“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.” (Stage Whispers)

Written and directed by Olivia Satchell

Performed by Belinda McClory and Emily Tomlins

Dramaturgy by Emma Valente

Sound Design by Tom Backhaus

Set/Costume Design by James Lew

Lighting Design by Jason Crick

Assistant Directed by Fiona Spitzkowksy

Stage Managed by Julian Dibley-Hall

Produced by Anna Kennedy

Images by Sarah Walker

my sister feather was developed with the support of a Lonely Company Residency in 2017 and was shortlisted for the Rodney Seaborn Playwrights Award 2017 and the Max Afford Playwrights Award 2018. 

If you’re keen for some more information, there was a four-part series about the ideas behind this work produced by Fiona Spitzkowsky.  

part one: phallacy of dramatic action

part two: women and surveillance

part three: forgiveness

part four: sisters