In a cinema near you.

Trying to make Ryan Smile

SONS & mothers is on the road with a series of screenings across Australia.

We’re pleased to announce the documentary will be on tour with the Men’s Ensemble who are taking their acclaimed stage show to regional Australia.

“While we emphasis the documentary and stage show are two different experiences, we are so pleased audiences have the chance to see both,” says producer Louise Pascale. “We love any audience, where ever they are, having the opportunity to see the documentary on a big screen.”

As either a teaser for the stage show or a retrospective look at how it came together there are a range of venues who will be hosting a screening.

You can check out here where in Australia you can catch it in the coming months.

SONS & mothers hits the highway!

highway pic

For all those who have been asking where can I see SONS & mothers? We are pleased to say we finally have an answer.

SONS & mothers the stage show and documentary are hitting the highway in 2014. From August to October you can catch the Men’s Ensemble of No Strings Attached on stage and on the big screen as Performing Lines takes it on a regional tour of Australia.

“It was great to hear that audiences around Australia will be seeing this amazing and heartfelt play,” says Producer Louise Pascale. “And to be able to see the documentary too is a great bonus for audiences. They get to not only see the show, but how it came together.”

In the documentary audiences are also able to meet the member of the Men’s Ensemble who did not make it to the stage, and find out why.

The Regional Tour will kick off at the Darwin Festival in August and go to Mandurah, Perth, Kalgoorlie, The Gold Coast, Queanbeyan, Wagga Wagga, Wangaratta, Orange, Bathurst, Hobart, Bendigo, Portland before winding up in Renmark and Port Pirie.

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NSA Patron Talks Up Sons & Mothers

Kelly Vincent MLC and patron of No Strings Attached.

Kelly Vincent MLC and patron of No Strings Attached.

Today our documentary SONS & mothers was mentioned as a Matter of Interest in South Australian parliament by No Strings Attached Theatre of Disability Patron Kelly Vincent MLC.

Here is what she said.

The Hon. K.L. VINCENT (15:35): Today I would like to speak about an exciting upcoming event of importance to both the Adelaide arts and disability communities. Members may recall the multi-award winning stage production by No Strings Attached Theatre of Disability, Sons and Mothers, which first appeared in the 2012 Fringe Festival to wide acclaim. The cast is comprised of the men’s ensemble of No Strings Attached and each of these men use the show to write a love letter to their own mother. For some of them the relationship with their mother may be the most intimate or the most tumultuous they have ever known.

Members are probably aware that the production is returning to Adelaide this month, and I want to make sure that they are also aware of the accompanying documentary, which will be making its world premiere on 20 October 20 as part of the Adelaide Film Festival. The documentary, produced by local company POP Pictures, follows each of the seven men of the men’s ensemble, plus writer/director Alirio Zavarce, throughout the development of the production as they share with each other and with the audience the tales of how they met their mothers. Some mothers have passed on, others are still full or part-time carers for their son’s and all make their presence felt as their sons lay bare the way in which these women have shaped their paths. Some of the surviving mothers also share candid accounts of the challenges and joys of raising a child with a disability.

Some of the sons we meet throughout the documentary include the gentle giant and part-time punk, Ryan; the theatre-mad Kym; the ethereal dancer, Ricky; the class clown, Damien; and the musically gifted Abner, who says:

My mother was a radical feminist separatist lesbian before her father died, and she never did explain to me why she divorced my dad, but I guess it was because she was a separatist lesbian.

Others include the concise and witty Duncan, and Ben who, when asked the question ‘What makes a woman a mother?’, gives a response that is at once subtle and profound: ‘She just is.’ We also gain insight into the life of writer/director Alirio who returned to his native Venezuela in 2004 so that his mother, who had cancer, could die in his arms. It would be upon his return to Adelaide that he would begin work on this production.

As members can see, this documentary offers up a wide range of personalities and experiences to be enjoyed. I would like to thank the men’s ensemble for being so willing to share so much of their lives throughout this project and, in particular, I would like to thank producer Louise Pascale and director Chris Houghton for their respect in allowing the sons and the mothers to tell their own stories for, as anyone who like me has already seen the film can tell you, they do that very well.

Following the screening of the documentary, I, as patron of No Strings Attached, will be moderating a panel discussion about the role and place of disability arts with some very accomplished panel members, both local and imported. These include local theatre designer Gaelle Mellis; UK-born writer and performer Julie McNamara; and Sam Charles and Matthew Wauchtope of the Sit Down and Shut Up Film Festival.

This promises to be an engaging, emotional and thought-provoking afternoon of cinema and discussion for which I hope members would join us. Tickets, including access to the panel discussion, are just $18 full price or $14 concession. I hope to see all members there with the film screening starting at noon on Sunday 20 October at the Regal Cinema. This will be the only screening at this time, so I hope members will make an effort to attend. For further details, of course, members can see the Adelaide Film Festival program or website, and I hope to see all members there at this very important and exciting event.

Sons & Mothers on Local Release

Kym waving

To coincide with the re-staging of Sons & Mothers the stage show at The Adelaide Festival Centre, our documentary will be shown at local art house cinema The Trak for three weeks in October to November.

From Monday 21 October you can catch daily screenings of Sons & Mothers the documentary. This is a unique opportunity for Adelaide audiences as they get to go behind the scenes are see what went on to create this award winning show.

The Trak Cinemas will also be screening Sons & Mothers daily from Monday 28 October to Friday 1November at 10:30am in a special schools season. Students are $9.50 with teachers and carers free.

For bookings please call The Trak on (08) 8332 8020.

You can also download the study guide at from Monday 23 September.

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