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Dot was once bold, strong and in control of her life. Since her stroke at 62, though still strong in mind, her body betrays her daily. Liz; Dot’s middle-aged daughter, is now solely responsible for her mother’s care. She has sacrificed her own career and ambitions for the exhausting battle of appointments, pills, bills, chores and repeated demands to help her mother die.
Both Liz and Dot are struggling to hear and be heard, to see and be seen. Their world shrinks inwards as each month passes, leaving Dot dancing on the edge of the decision to set them both free. Would the world even know they were gone?
Dive into a tumultuous world where each day is underpinned by an impossible conversation, as this mother and daughter loop through distain, regret, love and onus.
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Female | 60+ | 3 to 5 minutes
Starts on page 24
EXTRACT: She hasnâ€™t closed the bedroom door and the draft from the hall goosebumps my skin. I can feel my nipples pucker and my shoulders roll in. The weight of the pad in my knickers makes them slide off my hips before sheâ€™s ready. There is a heavy, damp sound. A smell catches in our throats. I try to apologise. She doesnâ€™t see me try. She pulls the pad off and puts it into a plastic bag. She ties several knots. She puts it into a second bag. More knots. The smell is still here.
Female | 40s | 5 to 10 minutes
Starts on page 28
EXTRACT: I donâ€™t have space. Iâ€™m full. Anything more is going to dribble down the sides. Sheâ€™s showered, sheâ€™s dressed, sheâ€™s got breakfast in front of her and Iâ€™m standing at the kitchen window wondering if its August or April. Iâ€™m not showered, Iâ€™m not dressed and I think I had a boiled egg for dinner. Iâ€™m tired of being unseen.....
â€œIn That Production Companyâ€™s careful hands, ///Yielding/// is a powerful, poignant, raw and uncomfortably real play that, on a number of occasions, sees absorbed audience members wiping away tears, perhaps in their own reflection on the reminder of what is important in life." Blue Curtains Brisbane