Disorder (3 stars)

This article is from 2015


Kincaid Productions explore bipolar disorder in the modern world

Despite advances in understanding toward mental illnesses such as bipolar disorder in the modern age, it is still a subject of much confusion, fear and stigma for many. Based on the experiences of one of its writers, Disorder looks at the subject with delicacy and honesty in a touching, if flawed, play.

When a mother is hospitalised after some unusual behaviour, she and her son reflect on a time long past and how her actions, or lack of action, contributed to the disintegration of their family. Together they relive their anger and frustration at missed opportunities, but ultimately return to the love that bonds them and a long and uncertain future that stretches out ahead.

The play approaches the subject not by focusing directly on the patient at hand, but on the loved ones who have to bear the burden and live with a family member who experiences such dramatic highs and lows. The performances by the cast are fine, if not particularly noteworthy, but it is good to see a subject tackled that deserves a good deal more attention.

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  • 3 stars

Kincaid Productions Based on the childhood experiences of one of the writers, Disorder follows the journey of a fledgling family through the precipitous terrain of bipolar disorder. The play is focused around two time periods; the present where a son is visiting his mother at a psychiatric hospital, and the past where the…