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A Normal Child

Sarah Walker

If there is a new normal, everyone’s crazy and nobody’s ill.

An epic narrative of vast and imperfect comedic proportions, A Normal Child navigates the intricacies of disability representation in a daring, funny, and complex work. Examining the right to begin and end life from the perspective of the disability sector. The show tackles issues of euthanasia, sex, abortion and IVF through an absurdist comedy lens.

Led by self-nominated “noddies” and “masters of the absurd”, co-Artistic Directors of Ridiculusmus, David Woods and Jonathan Haynes, and featuring the Disability Slapstick Plan, an ensemble of four Melbourne artists with different physical abilities, Betty Bobbitt, Trevor Dunn, Jess Kapuscinski-Evans and Eva Sifis.

Created by The Disability Slapstick Plan and Ridiculusmus

Presented at Northcote Town Hall Arts Centre

This project has been assisted by the Australian Government through the Australia Council, its arts funding and advisory body, the Victorian Government through Creative Victoria, the Besen Family Foundation and City of Darebin. Developed with the support of the City of Yarra, Malthouse Theatre, Playwriting Australia and Arts Access Victoria.

Co-Creators David Woods, Jonathan Haynes, Jess Kapuscinski-Evans, Trevor Dunn, Eva Sifis, Betty Bobbitt, Jax Jacki Brown

Performed by Anton Rivette, Kerith Manderson-Galvin, Brian Lipson, David Woods, Jonathan Haynes, Jess Kapuscinski-Evans, Trevor Dunn, Eva Sifis, and Betty Bobbitt

Facilitated by  David Woods and Jonathan Haynes (Ridiculusmus)

Dramaturg Anton Rivette

Assistant Facilitator Kerith Manderson-Galvin

Sound Design Marco Cher-Gibard

Lighting Design Richard Vabre

Set and Costume Design Matilda Woodroofe

Dresser Wendy Woo

Production Manager Kirsty Baird

Producer Erin Milne, Bureau of Works

Development collaborators Kate Hood and Loki Rickus

8pm, Wed 23 Oct
8pm, Thurs 24 Oct
8pm, Fri 25 Oct
8pm, Sat 26 Oct
6pm, Sun 27 Oct

8pm, Wed 30 Oct
8pm, Thurs 31 Oct
8pm, Fri 01 Oct
8pm, Sat 02 Oct

75 mins

Northcote Town Hall Arts Centre,

Main Hall

189 High St,