Crazy - 2018
Crazy had been a labour of love for two straight years before finally becoming actualised for the stage in 2018. A considerable amount of tragedy had found its way into writer Margaret O'Hanlon's life, so it was abandoned in 2017 for the lighter comedic "The Chain".
Inspired by real-life events when two friends (on different occasions) were "sectioned" (committed to the psyche ward in Invercargill), the inadequacies of our national health care system became real. There is something truly wrong with never addressing the cause, but simply focusing on the symptom.
"I really wanted people to understand that the state of insanity does not always have to be a permanent state. That sometimes you fall into a state of irrationality adn unravelling, at which point you are capable of doing soem very destructive things. But this state of unwell does not have to define you as a whole. By the same token I feel it's important for us to recognise the inability for some to just 'snap out of it' and to understand those folks caught in that vortex have limitations too".
Crazy returned to our creative roots too; Anna Stuart constructing the monumental dance to "Breathe Me" where the self-harming "Zoe" (Violet HIrst) grapples with her demons; the psychedelic trip of our young addict "Gregory" designed for blacklight with Kay Turner's flourescent masks and Pinecone outfits; a cast with literally 2 dress rehearsals, and of course Paul Halsted creating a bathtub with steam on stage.