05 May 2022

New production, Illegally Blind, on at Basement Theatre, 27 - 30 July!

Tragedy! Hardship!! Inspiration!!! This. Is. NOT. That. Show.

Susan is a perfectly normal queer, fat, functionally blind, Autistic, chronically and mentally ill nonbinary person, who just happens to be collecting diagnoses faster than they collect eel facts.

In this not-so-solo solo show, Susan just wants to get stuff done. Instead, they end up on an epic quest, battling sock-puppets, ableist audio-describers, a pile of laundry, and people who don’t provide digital copies of important documents.

Drawing on twenty years of theatre and performance skills, Susan brings their real-life experiences to the stage. The result is a whimsical romp through the world of identity and shattered expectations, mixing traditional theatre with stand up comedy, poetry, improvisation, and more silly voices than you can shake an eel at.

Performer & Writer: Susan WilliamsDirector: Caryl Loria IllanaProducer: Charlie HannAssistant Producer: Anna BarkerSet Designer: Becky SeesLighting Designer: Brynne Tasker-PolandSound Designer: Alexander Garside

Illegally Blind was borne of Touch Compass's Lumana'i programme in 2020, and developed in 2021. The production of Illegally Blind was supported as part of BATS Co-Pro 2021, and is included in this year's Elemental AKL festival.

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