If happy families are all alike and unhappy families are unhappy in their own way, where does that leave the mad ones?

In Kodie Bedford‘s loving and hilarious ode to growing up in a family affected by mental illness, everyone is up for getting offended. Name a group and she skewers it … because the family members here fit into most of them.

Set on the windswept edge of Western Australia, Cursed! is an outrageously witty deathbed reunion scene of epic proportions. With her nan on her way out of this world, her brother Sebastian on his way out of the closet, her sister Marie losing track of the lies she has told, and her mother Dawn losing her grip on reality, Bernadette wonders if she will be the only one left with the capacity to hold this disparate family together. Or the madness to try.

Winner of Best Stage Play and the Major AWGIE at the 2021 Australian Writers’ Guild Awards.

‘A play of outrageous wit and deep thought.’—The Conversation

‘Kodie Bedford’s raucously funny debut play gives us a big-hearted story that sings true.’—Limelight

  • comedy, drama
  • 94
  • 7 total
  • 6 female identifying, 1 male identifying
  • women, memory, mental health, identity, grief, family, death, aging
  • 18+
  • yes
  • teen, young adult, adult
  • Currency Press


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