ANATOMY OF A SUICIDE returns to Sydney next month
A sensation at the Old Fitz in 2019 and nominated for four Sydney Theater Awards, Alice Birch’s award-winning drama Anatomy of a Suicide returns to Sydney from October 6-29 at the Seymour Centre.
Taking a powerful and unflinching look at how families live alongside past trauma, Anatomy of a Suicide follows Carol, Anna and Bonnie – mother, daughter and granddaughter. Throughout their lives, every woman grapples with a profound mental illness, as the chaos of what has come before creates a painful and lasting legacy, an impact that resonates over and over again.
Told as a theatrical triptych, with the stories of Carol, Anna and Bonnie unfolding simultaneously decades apart, Anatomy of a Suicide sees three lives gracefully intertwine on stage, offering audiences a myriad of ways to live. this “haunting and immersive” tale of motherhood. , mental health and women’s pain (Time Out, Sydney).
Playwright Alice Birch won the prestigious Susan Smith Blackburn Award for The Anatomy of a Suicide and has since worked on HBO’s hit series Succession and on several occasions with Irish author Sally Rooney. Birch co-wrote the television adaptation of Rooney’s first novel, Conversations with Friends, and in 2020 adapted Rooney’s second novel, Normal People, into an Emmy-nominated series starring Paul Mescal and Daisy Edgar-Jones .
With Anna Samson (TV’s Home and Away, Winners and Losers, Offspring), Kate Skinner (TV’s Home and Away) and Anna Houston (A Place to Call Home S4), alongside Harriet Gordon-Anderson (The Museum of Modern Love, Shakespeare’s Bell Hamlet), Danielle Catanzariti (Love Child), Teale Howie (The 91-Storey Treehouse), Guy O’Grady (STCSA’s Tartuffe) and Natalie Saleeba (House Husbands, Winners and Losers, All Saints), James O’Connell (Harry Potter and the Cursed Child), Jack Angwin (Lilac) and Alex Malone (White Box Theatre’s Before the Meeting), Anatomy of a Suicide is both dazzling and devastating, tackling big taboos – guilt, loss, addiction and regret – and illuminating them beautifully to provide shared understanding and relief
Director Shane Anthony said: “I’m drawn to pieces that I can’t immediately process and wrap up, but which sit somewhere in my subconscious for weeks or even years. Anatomy of a Suicide is beautifully haunting. C It’s a job that will stay with you long after you leave the theater.In the best possible way, it urges you to reconnect with your own past.