1994 – A LIE OF THE MIND by Sam Shepard

ARTISTIC NOTES : Soul Theatre’s production  A Lie of the Mind by Sam Shepard was selected as our inaugural production because the protagonist Beth acquires brain injury from domestic violence. Both issues align to Soul Theatre’s mission statement.  Alicia Liley who perfomed this character Beth, also has acquired brain injury (ABI) from a near-fatal car accident. She saw many correlations between Beth’s and her own recovery.
PURPOSE : Raise awareness of the general public about both Acquired Brain Injury (ABI) and domestic violence, in order to reduce the prolific occurrences of both adversities, as well as to lessen the inherent prejudice towards survivors.
ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS : Chris Thompson, Artistic Director, St. Martin’s The Victorian Centre for Youth Arts; We gratefully acknowledge Sam Shepard’s assistance in staging this performance.
BENEFICIARIES : Headway Victoria; The Domestic Violence and Incest Resource Centre

VENUE      : Irene Mitchell Studio, St. Martins Youth Arts Theatre
SEASON    : 23 November – 8 December 1994
DIRECTOR : Deborah Hynes

CAST
Nicholas Crawford-Smith – MIKE (Beth’s Brother)
Helen Hopkins – SALLY (Sister-in-law)
Kevin Hopkins – JAKE (Husband)
Peter Houghton – FRANKIE (Brother-in-law)
Alicia Liley – BETH
Brenda Palmer – LORRAINE (Mother-in-law)
Libby Stone – MEG (Mother)
Peter Stratford – BAYLOR (Father)

MUSICIANS
Judy Jacques, (vocals) and Bob Sedergreen (keyboards) – played original music within the production

CREW
Ben Anderson – SET DESIGNER
Chris Poynton – LIGHTING DESIGNER
Nevada Duffy – COSTUME DESIGNER
Kerri Belsar – MAKE-UP ARTIST
Meg White – STAGE MANAGER
Zelijka Antunovic – ASSISTANT STAGE MANAGER

SPONSORS

  • Toyota Motor Corporation Australia; ANZ Trustees;
  • The William Buckland Foundation;
  • Commonwealth Rehabilitation Service

IN-KIND SPONSORS

  • Graphic Artists: FHA Image Design (Richard Henderson), who was introduced by Ruth Tedder;
  • Photography: Tat-Ming Yu
  • Separations: Color Point;
  • Paper: The Paper House
  • Printing: Gunn and Taylor
  • Rehearsal Space: City of Yarra