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Worldwide soldiers are stationed in combat‐zones and many return suffering injuries both physically and mentally. We see that war damages the mind and spirit well beyond the conflict. The motives and themes such as identity, isolation, paranoia, fear and longing for normality can bealready found from Homer's Odyssey, twenty seven centuries ago. Good Little Soldier explores the symptoms of the Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and it's direct impact on the family. Not only do we want to investigate the nature of war experiences, causing psychiatric illness, but how it can damage the health of a family and force us to deal with what we see.
"I carried this home with me. I lost all my friends, beat up my sister, went after my father. I mean, I just went after anybody and everything. Every three days I would totally explode, lose it for no reasonat all. I'd be sitting there calm as could be, and this monster would come out of me with a fury that most people didn't want to be around. So it wasn't just over there. I brought it back with me."
(Jonathan Shay, Achilles in Vietnam, 1994 Scribner)
By and With: Mark Howett, Grayson Millwood, Joshua Thomson, Gavin Webber and Laurie Young / Concept: Mark Howett / Visual Dramaturgy: Derek Kreckler / Dramaturgy: Phil Thomson / Production/PR: ehrliche arbeit - freelance office for culture
An Animal Farm Collective Production, in Co Operation with ehrliche arbeit and Performing Lines.
This project has been assisted by the Australian Government through the Australia Council for the Arts, its arts funding and advisory body. Funded by the Rudolf Augstein Stiftung. With support from Pam and Jim Millwood, Adam Leslie and Fayen D'Evie, Harley Stumm and the Maldon Neighbourhood Center.