If I Should Die Before I Wake
by Rebecca Lister
30 June - 16 July 2016
Director: Ellis Ebell
Production Coordinator: Bernadette Wheatley
Any family that includes a child with a disability faces an uncertain future. Often parents, in their efforts to protect the child, neglect their own relationships and are constantly concerned about what happens to that child when they are no longer there to care for them.
Gillie, a woman with a lifelong intellectual disability, has lived at home with her mother Joan, for her entire life. Isabelle, her sister, has married and left the family home, leaving the widowed Joan to manage and live within the boundaries of Gillie’s childlike behaviour.
Joan now faces the end of her own life and must decide Gillie’s future when she is no longer capable of being her primary carer.
Critical decisions must be made in the midst of unspoken tensions, unconditional love and a great deal of humour.
Written by a Victorian playwright, a premiere production.
Joan: Shirley Sydenham
Gillian: Rosalin Shafik-Eid
Isabelle: Sass Pinci
Stage Manager: Emma Hunt
Assistant Stage Manager: Kerry Drumm
Set Design: David Dare
Lighting Design: Craig Pearcey
Sound Design: Ellis Ebell and Neil Williamson
Costume Design: Kylee Armstrong
Props and set dressing: Maria Haughey
Light/sound Operator: Kay Hambling