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    OCDiva @ Chippen St Theatre

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    Returning to Sydney by public demand, after sold-out Parramatta shows and touring NSW!

    A new, one-woman, autobiographical opera about one woman's struggle to do life, art and mental health. Yasmin Arkinstall is a twenty-something-year-old opera singer, TikTok dancer and Western Sydney girl, whose life is turned upside-down by her search for diagnosis and treatment for sensorimotor OCD. Follow Yas on her journey through various therapies and therapists, with a bit of R&B, a dash of music theatre, a TikTok dance, and a whole lot of delicious, defiant, and occasionally heartbreaking, opera.
    Please note: 'OCDiva' is technology-enabled to allow the artist, who lives with significant disability, full control of each performance. Not all shows include all songs; each show is different. We hope you enjoy this groundbreaking format.
    All performances conclude with a Q&A with the Creative Team (not all Creative Team members will attend all shows).
    Running time: approximately 60 mins, plus up to 30 minutes' Q&A.
    Content Warning: 'OCDiva' contains themes relating to mental health and ableism. 'OCDiva' may not be suitable for children aged 12 and under.

    Sydney Eisteddfod's Chippen St Theatre is a 10 minute walk from Central or Redfern train stations. Limited street parking is available. There is a lift to access the theatre foyer. The OCDiva team is grateful to our venue partner Sydney Eisteddfod for their enthusiastic support.

    A new opera by EVE KLEIN.
    Libretto by YASMIN ARKINSTALL/SHARNA GALVIN/SARAH PENICKA-SMITH
    Movement Director: Jana Castillo
    Designer: Olivia Watkins
    Conceived and produced by Sarah Penicka-Smith and Melanie Penicka-Smith/Penicka-Smith Arts & Event Management.
    Original project development by Sharna Galvin, Melanie Penicka-Smith and Sarah Penicka-Smith.

    This project has been assisted by the Australian Government through Creative Australia, its principal arts investment and advisory body.




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