OCDiva - Lawson, one night only!
We are really excited to be bringing 'OCDiva' to the intimate Lawson Mechanics Institute, for one show only. This new, one-woman, autobiographical opera is about one woman's struggle to do life, art and mental health, and is suitable for opera lovers and opera newbies alike.
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.
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 the Australia Council, its arts funding and advisory body.