The (Un)Happy Medium
by Heather Madill
Kiss the Giraffe Productions - Winnipeg, MB
 www.ktg.ca
V.10 - Planetarium 
I've got two lousy roommates. They don't pay rent, they don't clean up and they're so loud I can't hear my own thoughts. One keeps me always on edge, the other sucks my will to live. But I can't evict them, so I've got to make this work somehow.
I swear they're real, but most people don't believe these jerks can possibly exist so I don't usually talk about them. But today…I'm gonna have to make an exception.

Cast:
TBA

   
Show Info:
60 Mins
Tickets: $10

Audience:
General
No Warnings
Thu July 20 10:15 PM
Fri July 21 12:00 PM
Sun July 23 6:45 PM
Mon July 24 12:00 PM
Wed July 26 11:00 PM
Thu July 27 1:45 PM
Fri July 28 8:30 PM
Sun July 30 7:00 PM

The (Un)Happy Medium

Kiss the Giraffe Productions—Planetarium

With her crisp and articulate script, Heather Madill has completely succeeded in taking the subject of depression/anxiety (mental illness) out of the sole jurisdiction of the medical community and planted it firmly in the realm of humanity.

One assumes from the programme notes that she has struggled with depression. By personifying aspects of those struggles, she has been able to present the symptoms of depression clearly and in a non-frightening way. If such a thing exists, she is has been able to “normalize” the situation. But what defines “normal” anyway? The section on the symptoms of depression/anxiety came very close to a lecture, but was alleviated by the onstage business that went with it. (I’m fairly certain that I could remember about seven of the symptoms, just by replaying the scene in my mind.)

Heather, Laura and Scott, your acting, across the board, was thoroughly enjoyable. Alan, you should never have been unsure that this script was not the right fit. You were sensitive and understanding of the material and have every right to be proud of the show.

I am hoping that this show goes further, infiltrating the community of mental health care provider, doctors, psychologists and mental healthcare workers. I hope that it makes its way into the school system. I say this because I believe that the a primary message of the play is that people with mental health issues just want to be able to function, to not be paralyzed by their disease, and to become an accepted part of a larger community.

Michelle Cook