COMA LAND by Will O'Mahony
A Performing Lines WA/Black Swan State Theatre Company co-production
The child one expects is never the child one receives.
Boon is smart. Really smart. She’s skipped four years of school, possesses a photographic memory and was playing Mozart and Beethoven aged two. So why is it so hard for her to wake up?
Coma Land tells the story of a eleven year old genius who ﬁnds herself trapped in a world between life and death. There, she meets Penguin, a young girl determined to ﬂy, and they quickly become friends. But when her protective father stands between them and their escape, Boon soon learns that the one thing you can never outsmart is the truth.
From the daring and imaginative mind of Will O’Mahony (Tonsils + Tweezers, The Mars Project, Great White), comes a magical story celebrating children, difference, and the depths of parental love. An epic tale about pianos, prodigies, penguins and pandas, Coma Land asks, if it takes ten thousand hours to master something difﬁcult, then why can it take a lifetime to accept something simple.
Writer/Director Will O’Mahony
Dramaturg James Berlyn
Costume Design Rozina Suliman
Set Design Patrick James Howe
Lighting Design Chris Donnelly
Performers Humphrey Bower, Kirsty Marillier, Amy Mathews, Morgan Owen & Ben Sutton
A co-production with Black Swan State Theatre Company
"It’s seamless storytelling, and packs an emotional hit, but importantly it broaches a difficult topic with sensitivity, humour and warmth." The AU Review on The Mars Project.
"It’s tense and thrilling stuff; the type of theatre you can only get with creatives who have mastered the execution...At 70 minutes, Coma Land never wears out its welcome." The Theatre Diary
"…a beautifully crafted and finely tuned script, Coma Land is delicate, poignant and uplifting. It’s well worth your time." Seesaw Magazine
"Beautiful, surreal and allegorical, this is a sweetly told story that hooks its audience." Stage Whispers
"…perfect fare for an audience keen to follow a promising writer’s progress." The Australian
"Emotionally gripping drama, punctuated by fascinating factoids and gently surreal humour." ArtsHub, 4 Stars
"Funny and often beautifully poignant, O’Mahony’s direction and clever writing explores the changing relationships between parent and child, success and failure, mastering and perfection." Theatre People, 4 ½ Stars