Looming the Memory

Thomas Papathanassiou

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Abstract

Looming the Memory' is a thinly disguised memoir of one man's struggle growing up with his heart in two parts of the world - Greece and Australia. It's a show for anyone who has travelled from across the world to make a new home or who have parents who did. In the cellar of a house in a Greek village, an old woman whispers to herself as she weaves on her loom. In Australia, her grandson tries to understand his life as he unravels the family stories passed down to him.Growing up with memories that don't make sense, he journeys back to Greece to visit his family. Along the way he uncovers the darkness of his family's past and is forced to confront his concept of what home means and where he belongs. Told in English with a splash of Greek, Looming the Memory is a journey into myth, memory, and identity performed through powerful story-telling and engaging physical theatre. Eighteen characters including Greek grandmothers, some ghosts, and a chicken are bought to life in an honest, sensitive and often comic 75 minutes of engaging theatre. This solo show explores the idea that our family stories play an integral part in shaping who we are. Written and performed Thomas Papathanassiou. Directed by John Saunders. Presented at the Heath Ledger Theatre in the State Theatre Centre of WA on June 14, 2012, for one performance of 65 minutes.
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationHeath Ledger Theatre, WA State Theatre Centre, Perth, Western Australia
PublisherBlack Swan State Theatre Company
Size65 min solo play, written and performed by author
Publication statusPublished - 2012
Event4Arts Festival in WA -
Duration: 14 Jun 2012 → …

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