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14 - 17 June

3 Steps Back


Event duration icon Duration

60 mins

3 Steps Back

Presented by Emma Katene
3 Steps Back won the 2023 Parkin Award in their NZFringe Season. Thank you Chris and Kathy Parkin for supporting the development of this work.

I am always moving forward. I will persist. I will always take another step. If that is of no avail, I will take another, and yet another.” – Og Mandino.

Explore the pathways of my life. Where they go, where they intersect, and why Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS) INSISTS on burning my map!

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After being diagnosed with CFS (or ME/Myalgic Encephalomyelitis) at the beginning of 2020, Emma has spent 3 years mapping out her days while consistently being knocked back a peg.

Sit back and perhaps even eat some snacks, while Emma sings and dances her way through the feeling of two dimensions colliding. Watch out though, you might even see some of your own pathways reflected.

A poetic, powerful piece of physical and verbal theatre. At once a poignant lament, it's also a fierce howl of rage about living with Chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS). Katene is all generosity, raw courage and funky music!
Lynda Chanwai-Earle, Theatre View
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Content Warning

Mental Illness, Drug references, Chronic Illness, Suicide or suicidal ideation.

Creative Team

Emma Katene - Writer, Performer, Sound design.
Kate Anderson - Director, LX Design