Exploring bipolar disorder

2016-07-12 06:05
Andrew Buckland and Jennifer Steyn in Lara Foot's The Inconvenience of Wings.  PHOTO: Oscar ‘O Ryan

Andrew Buckland and Jennifer Steyn in Lara Foot's The Inconvenience of Wings. PHOTO: Oscar ‘O Ryan

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Acclaimed writer and director Lara Foot’s latest play, The Inconvenience of Wings, brings bipolar disorder and friendships into the spotlight, at the Baxter this month.

Following its debut at the National Arts Festival, the production starring Jennifer Steyn, Andrew Buckland and Mncedisi Shabangu will be staged at the Baxter Golden Arrow Studio until Saturday 13 August.

Set in a landscape of memory and dreams, The Inconvenience of Wings tackles the issues of friendship, dysfunction, addiction and angels. Sara (Steyn) has been diagnosed with bipolar disorder; she is compulsive, alive and hates women who know how to make cupcakes.

Paul (Buckland), her husband, is on a mission to find a cure for her afflictions and Professor James (Shabangu) quietly tries to save Paul from the inconvenience of his wings.

This powerful and poignant new drama was inspired by author Abraham J Twerski`s book Addictive Thinking that examines the notion of compulsion, addiction, denial and abuse of self as well as conversations on bipolar disorder that she had with celebrated psychiatrist Dr Sean Baumann. V The Inconvenience of Wings carries an age restriction of 16 for language and nudity. The piece will be performed at 19:30 night with Saturday matinees at 14:30. Tickets are available at Computicket.


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