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8 - 10 September

Confessions of a Sleepwalking Insomniac


Event duration icon Duration

60 mins


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Confessions of a Sleepwalking Insomniac

By Helen Vivienne Fletcher

A sniper just shot a bullet through Briar’s window. Or… Briar had a nightmare and went crashing into a solid wooden door. Maybe the MRI machine can tell her which.

Briar’s always been a sleepwalker, but when a new relationship sends her sleep disorder into overdrive, it’s not just her REM cycle that suffers. Briar’s grip on reality is slipping, and her life is coming apart with it. The possibility of an assistance dog offers hope, but with injuries a nightly occurrence and her girlfriend’s patience wearing thin, Briar’s finding love might not be as unconditional as promised

The quality of production in every respect makes it a pleasure to suspend disbelief and engage.
How to Catch a Grim Reaper, John Smyth, Theatreview, 2015.

Based on the true story of a series of things that didn’t really happen, playwright Helen Vivienne Fletcher, winner of the Peter Harcourt Outstanding New Playwright Award 2015, draws on her lifetime of sleep misadventures in this new solo play. Falling asleep, or falling in love – which one is about to crash?

This is a Work in Development, meaning the creative team has had a short development rehearsal process and is sharing explorations and possibilities of a brand new play text, commissioned by TAHI Festival. This is a chance to see an exciting and evolving work in development, in a modest form.

NZSL Access

Confessions of a Sleepwalking Insomniac features integrated NZSL interpretation by Nicola Clements for all three performances of the show this TAHI Festival. There will be a short briefing at 6pm every night so please leave enough time for you to arrive, collect your tickets and enter the theatre. The Stage is wheelchair accessible. For full details about accessibility at BATS click here

Creative Team/Company info

Writer: Helen Vivienne Fletcher

Dramaturg: Angie Farrow

Producers: Beth Barclay & Sally Richards

Project Manager: Fay Van Der Meulen

TAHI Festival

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