Every single one of us has a voice inside our heads. Some are more real than others.
After the suicide of her uncle, foul mouthed, X-Files-obsessed 11-year-old Lolly finds herself wrestling with her very own metaphorical and literal demons.
After an unspeakable incident involving her mother, Lolly, runs away from home, all the way to the end of her driveway, where she is promptly abducted by aliens before waking up in the midst of an intake for a paediatric psyche ward.
Affliction is a new play by Lauren Orrell.
“When it comes to mental illness, most of the work I’ve seen has been wrapped in life affirming hope, and all that hope has left me feeling empty and really, really fucking alone,” Orrell says, adding that she hopes that by putting all this ugly, silly, terrifying and confusing mess out there, that there might be less shame for someone else who’s going through similar things.
Steve Le Marquand directs.