Darkly funny, irreverent, and a little bit shocking, Cursed! bursts onto the stage with a mad, consuming energy. Semi-autobiographical yet universally understood, playwright Kodie Bedford captures the frustrations and loving connection of a long-suffering family finding acceptance after a lifetime of trauma.
"It has a salt to be savoured, one-liners to kill, and a big-hearted story that rings true." ★★★★
Bernadette hasn’t been home to Geraldton for a while. Her siblings are mad as cut snakes, the oldies are worse – even a simple conversation ends up a cyclone of screaming. But Nan’s leaving the world, and this mixed-up family returns to the roost; a brother living a big lie, a daughter swimming in little lies, and a mum who can’t tell the truth to save herself. Are they cursed? Or can they change the way they see themselves, and how the world sees them?
"Most people inherit money from their families. I inherited crazy. I thought it was a curse. But now I can make money by writing about it."
Kodie Bedford, Writer - 54th AWGIE Award Nominee
Indigenous theatre at Belvoir supported by The Balnaves Foundation
FROM THE WRITER
From the outset I wanted three things for this play. I wanted the family to be multi-cultural because that is what I grew up with (English, Japanese and Maltese cousins and myself as Aboriginal); I wanted the characters to speak true to the place and class they come from, even if it was uncomfortable or offensive. And lastly, I wanted to tack mental illness because it’s something that is close to my heart.
“It has a salt to be savoured, one-liners to kill, and a big-hearted story that sings true"
"A full-body comedy experience… Cursed! is a play of outrageous wit and deep thought"
"Laugh-out-loud hilarious – and sometimes sublimely black."
The Sydney Morning Herald
"If anyone’s handing out acting gongs this wacky year, Sacha Horler’s almost over-the-edge Dawn is an extraordinary piece of “most lamentable comedy”, as the Bard once put it. He also said, “If this be madness, yet there is method in it”. I think Kodie Bedford may have had that in mind."
Aboriginal Art Directory
FROM THE DIRECTOR
Who would’ve thought the sleepy (although windy) town of Geraldton, Western Australia would give birth to such a hilarious and insightful play about the complexities of our national character… I have never read a more irreverently funny first draft than the one Kodie Bedford sent me… I was struck by how honest the play is about inherited mental illness. The terrifying curse of waking up to the fact that your family has passed on genetic behavioral issues is a common anecdote as we come into an age where people can speak more openly about such things... [the play] can be described as another level of ‘madness’, bringing us the audience into a heightened world of tragicomic proportions.
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