Sleeplessness (Audio Described)


Date 21 September 2018

Time 7:30 PM



Address Riverside Theatre, Parramatta , New South Wales

Phone 02 8839 3399


 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

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