Madeleine is an exploration of schizophrenia and it’s effect on a young woman and her family. It is the second in a cycle of new works, by Black Sequin Productions, exploring mental illness. The first was Kitten – a bi polar soap opera, premiered at the Melbourne International Festival for the Arts in 2008.
"Mental illness is complex and multifaceted – those with mental illness are struggling to live within a world that is constructed by and for the ‘sane’. It is as if they are living at times in two worlds in collision. Yet the ‘sane’ too can feel ‘split’ at times fragmented and as if ‘in collision’. The fascinating thing about the mentally ill is that they often live in a world that has complete and complex logic of it’s own. The logic may be lateral but it can sometimes make a lot of sense, creating an uncannily accurate look into the absurdity the everyday world, which we call ‘sane’. By coming to know the world of the ‘insane’ more perhaps we can become more aware also of the ‘unknown’ within ourselves as well as others " Jenny Kemp