GOOD LITTLE SOLDIER
Daily life and trauma merge into part hallucination, part violent reality. The conflict comes home and the hypervigilance of soldiers, life-saving in war, shatters nerves in civilian life.
"I NEVER THOUGHT ABOUT PTSD AS MUCH AS I DID AFTER SEEING GOOD LITTLE SOLDIER" New York Times, June 21, 2013 By SETH KUGEL
… gut-wrenching and compelling dance theatre.
The West Australian
RAEWYN HILL Mark Howett Grayson Millwood Phil Thomson Gavin Webber
A visceral, robustly physical, powerfully engaging, soul-shuddering dance drama… an intelligent and deeply moving statement about war, trauma, identity and family.
RITA CLARKE THE AUSTRALIAN
GOOD LITTLE SOLDIER explores the symptoms of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, its impact on the family as well as themes such as identity, isolation, paranoia and fear. In Good Little Soldier Daily life and trauma merge… part hallucination, part violent reality… as a family is exposed to combat Post Traumatic Stress.
Good Little Soldier looks at the damage inflicted on the mind and spirit of a soldier as it infects the family he returns to… collateral damage that is passed down through generations. Informed by the personal experiences of Director Mark Howett (the son of a veteran) this intense style of collective art-making has forged remarkable passages of high impact physical theatre and lyrical moments of fragility and endurance. These are woven into a reality-shifting narrative set in a domestic environment in which innocent actions become dangerous triggers for PTSD episodes. The hyper-vigilance of the soldier, lifesaving in war, shatters the civilians in his life. The work is raw and visceral, and gives great scope for its remarkable cast to shine. It created enough buzz to see it critiqued and reported on, even in the New York Times.
A powerful new work telling a vital Australian story.