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Mary Rachel Brown's new play asks painful questions around romance and addiction: how do we find the strength to be loved?

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Dead Cat Bounce

Date: 23 Jan 2019

Mary Rachel Brown’s Dead Cat Bounce is a “grown-up love story” says Griffin’s Artistic Director Lee Lewis.

“It’s what happens when you are in love and there is real baggage.”

The winner of the 2016 Lysicrates Prize (under the working title Approximate Balance), Dead Cat Bounce probes the always tender spot that lies between romance and addiction in the story of a young woman, Matilda (played by Kate Cheel) and Gabe, 20 years older and wrestling with the demons of depression, alcoholism and writer’s angst.

It’s a very different play to the one the Lysicrates audience voted for, Lewis says. “It won the prize and then it became a commission. But when you commission a play it can evolve into something very different. Mary has taken it to a place I really like. It’s a complex conversation around alcohol and Australian culture and what that means over time. And it’s funny because it’s Mary, and it’s also really moving because it’s Mary.”

Mitchell Butel directs this premiere, with Lucia Mastrantone, Johnny Nasser and Josh Quong Tart featuring.

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