Putting the Nation on Stage

National Theatre of Parramatta presents

(Generation 3) Sleeplessness

13 — 22 Sep 2018

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An incredible WORK THAT explores themes of identity and displacement

Part mystery, part documentary, part forensic investigation, (Generation 3) Sleeplessness maps a remarkable Australian story. This is a story about women. The discovery of official documents led to a investigation to uncover an unimaginable nightmare revealing the impact of migration and institutionalisation on families. It explores a fractured matrilineal history that spans time and place, interrogating the experiences of three generations of women from 1920’s Budapest to Western Sydney today.

Artist Karen Therese grew up in Western Sydney and has been on a 15-year odyssey to create this work. She is very proud to be premiering at The National Theatre of Parramatta to her home audience of Western Sydney.

‘… an artist of singular dedication and strength of vision … Karen Therese has emerged as one of the most exciting voices in Australian culture…’ Ben Eltham

Fifteen years on, the next generation of Sleeplessness comes to the stage. ‘It’s a risky venture an up close investigation into a state of ‘not knowing’, a sleeplessness, a family mystery…brave…potent…wonderful…Sleeplessness should be widely seen’  Keith Gallasch Realtime

Playwright, performer & co devisor:  Karen Therese
Director & co devisor Chris Ryan
Video design  & co devisors Sean Bacon, Chris Ryan, Karen Therese

Dates & Times
Thursday 13th September at 7.30pm
Friday 14th September at 7.30pm
Saturday 15th September at 2.15pm
Saturday 15th September at 7.30pm
Tuesday 18th September at  7.30pm
Wednesday 19th September at 7.30pm
Thursday 20th September at 6.30pm
Friday 21st September at 7.30pm (Audio Described)
Saturday 22nd September at 2.15pm and 7.30pm

Opening Night Club

To celebrate our third season we are offering a limited amount of Opening Night Club Season Passes for patrons who purchase a ticket to our 2018 shows. The Opening Night Club is an opportunity for you to mingle with the cast and creatives behind the shows and meet like-minded, theatre lovin’ people just like you. Our Opening Nights are closed off to public sale so come join us for the festivities!

Opening Night Club – Season Pass
5x Opening Nights in 2018

Flight Paths
Saturday 17 March 7.30pm
Stolen Friday 1 June 7.30pm
The Girl / The Woman Saturday 30 June 7.30pm
(Generation 3) Sleeplessness Saturday 15 September 7.30pm
Jesus wants me for a sunbeam Saturday 20 October 7.30pm

Adult $250.00
Concession $203.00
30 & Under $150.00

Please note: To purchase the pass simply click on the Opening Night Club link, you will be prompted to sign in or sign up to access the prices.

Cast & Creatives

Playwright, performer & co devisor
Karen Therese

Director & co devisor
Chris Ryan

Video design  & co devisors
Sean Bacon
Chris Ryan
Karen Therese

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Ticket Options

Ticket Options
Adult $49
Australian Pensioner and Seniors $44
30 & Under $39
School Groups (per student) $30
Riverside Member $42
Riverside Member - Concession $37
Riverside Member - 30 Club $30

Transaction fees apply

Available Dates

September 2018
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