Sons & Mothers

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A No Strings Attached Theatre of Disability production written, devised and directed by Alirio Zavarce with and for the Men’s Ensemble of No Strings Attached.

Writer: Alirio Zavarce; Director: Alirio Zavarce; The Sons on stage: Duncan Luke, Kym Mackenzie, Ryan Rowland, Ricky Samai, Damian Turbin, Ben Wishart, Alirio Zavarce; The Mothers on film: Rosemary Luke, Margaret Mackenzie, Sharn Rowland, Rosella Samaj, June Turbin, Jill Wishart, Alicia Zavarce; Set and Costumes: Kathryn Sproul; Lights: David Gadsen; Images: Eugenia Lim; Music: Mario Spate; Movement: Aidan Munn; Producer: PJ Rose.
Toured by Performing Lines for Road Work

No Strings Attached creates original theatre through the unique perspectives of its performers living with a disability.  Written and directed by Alirio Zavarce in collaboration with the performers, Sons & Mothers is a humorous and poignant look into the lives of six men and their relationships with their mothers.

Of the Sons involved, three live at home with their mothers, one lives independently but relies on his mother daily, and two have lost their mothers.  The Sons – Kym Mackenzie, Duncan Luke, Ryan Rowland, Richard Samai, Damien Turbin and Ben Wishart – create intimate and authentic portraits of their experiences with their mothers.

With heart and humour, these six sons tell stories of their mums as they draw or dance or sing their lives, complete with stumbles and triumphs.  These are love stories made all the more potent because of disabilities the men live with and their humble takes on discriminations they’ve faced.

Premiering at the 2012 Adelaide Fringe Festival, Sons & Mothers not only sold out their 16 performance run, but also took out top Fringe awards including ‘Best Theatre Production’ and ‘Best in Fringe.’  Sons & Mothers is quality drama that comes from the heart.  Its truth and simplicity are disarming.  It will touch everyone who sees it.

‘If you see one show at the Adelaide Fringe, make it this one.  It’s for anyone whose life has been touched by disability – and anybody who has a mother.’ Link Disability Magazine

‘Sons & Mothers is authentic, honest and alive.’ Dianne Reid, Adelaide Fringe Review

‘This eloquent and tender engagement, at times very funny and always sincere, is another triumph for No Strings Attached.’ The Advertiser

Running Time: 55 minutes with no interval
Audience Advice: Recommended for patrons 8+

13 September 2014
Saturday 13 September, 8.00pm

$42.00 – Full price
$37.00 – Concession and Groups

$52.00 – Full price
$47.00 – Concession and Groups

Early Bird
$47.00 – Full price
$42.00 – Concession and Groups 

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