Ngunyawayiti Space at Tandanya, Fri 13 Mar.
I Don’t Wanna Play House is the theatrical version of a memoir. It strings together the strongest recollections of a life lived, well perhaps more strongly – survived through various episodes of domestic violence and physical and sexual abuse.
Tammy Anderson is as down to earth as they come, but at the same time through monologue, dance and swirls of movement, she portrays so many of the characters of her past – from the strength and reliability of Grandma and Grandpa (and their house of refuge when the world has turned to shit), to mum and her abusive lovers, even to the neighbour who was her first abuser.
I really struggle to understand just how Tammy can take on the character of some of the abusive people in her life – it goes to show what kind of internal fortitude she has, as well as some pretty damn impressive acting talent! There are some great scenes and a lot of pathos, smatterings of the joy of life and comic moments among the many awful experiences. There are times it’s really difficult to watch and for some there will be tears. Tammy does offer to sit and have a cuppa and a chat afterwards and for some it is likely to be a necessity.
This is a deeply moving piece of theatre that explores a dark and ongoing part of our society. Towards the end of the show Tammy talks about how her own children have each had one and only one primary and secondary school – that is a simple indication of a major difference in their lives and shows significant strength and determination.
Australia might have conversations about bushfires and viruses, and indeed need to have them, but domestic violence, physical and sexual abuse, particularly against women should be a constant on our radar – it’s something that should be addressed properly in this, the lucky country.
I Don’t Wanna Play House continues at Ngunyawaiti at Tandanya from 8.15pm until Sat 14 Mar.
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Presented by Tandanya – National Aboriginal Cultural Institute.
This article courtesy of Radio Adelaide