A new theatre production holds a mirror up to the real life of new parents, and asks “Why doesn’t anybody tell you what it is going to be really like?”
The Let-Down Reflex is an original theatre production that explores how parents constantly find their reality falls short of society’s unfairly optimistic expectations surrounding pregnancy, breastfeeding and parenthood.
The Let-Down Reflex tells personal stories of parenthood, many of which are based on real-life experiences. Mrs Riedl, was asked to stop breastfeeding in the foyer of her Bendigo workplace in October last year.
“I came up against an ingrained culture of conservatism at the top level, and their refusal to admit that they hurt my feelings was tough to handle. It made me so angry, anxious and eventually depressed,” she says, “so in the end, I just channelled that negative energy into something creative.”
The result is both a biting satire and an emotive piece of playwriting. The play draws together poignant stories from other parents, proving that negative experiences are not unusual in the first few years of parenthood. Scenes include a scathing beat poem addressed to the her former boss, and a Monty Python-esque medical Professor whose lecture on the pregnant body is both hilarious and sickening.
The Let-Down Reflex is reflective of Tripwire Theatre’s aim to provide high quality, affordable performing arts that reflects our local values, celebrate our successes and critique our failures. The upcoming production certainly has Bendigo at its heart. It stars Strathfieldsaye actress Sharon Newth, and is directed by Principal of Bendigo’s Helen O’Grady Drama Academy, Alise Amarant.
7:30pm, Thursday 1 September 2016
The Old Church on the Hill,
36 Russell St, Quarry Hill
Tickets from http://trybooking.com/MHYE
$12 concession / $15 adult
NOT suitable for children. Occasional coarse language.
The Let-Down Reflex is the first public presentation of work by the new theatre group, Tripwire Theatre Inc. “Tripwire is the culmination of everything I have done in my career thus far”, says Megan Riedl, group founder and first Artistic Director.
Tripwire Theatre Inc. is a not-for-profit group who develop new theatre projects in regional Victoria. The groups’ members are collaborative professional theatre-makers and arts managers who don’t have the time, resources or opportunities to earn a living full time from their theatre practice.
Tripwire Theatre Inc. presents
The Let-Down Reflex.
Written by Megan Riedl & Bjorn Worpel.
Directed by Alise Amarant.
Performed by Sharon Newth, Bjorn Worpel & Megan Riedl.
Original Music by Bill Elder.