World premiere of new Australian play

The play arose from a short story by Roger which was inspired by the experiences of a family whose son had served in Afghanistan. Although the characters, situations and relationships in the play are fictional, the military background is based on solid research.   

Rob is a former army medic suffering from his time in Afghanistan. His anti-war mother wants to save him. So do his counsellor and older brother. But the officer charged with Rob’s recovery is pulling out their stitches.

Racked with guilt, desperate to sort truth from fantasy, Rob starts time travelling between Afghanistan, his early life and now.

Mum, Me and the IED explores the effects of war-induced PTSD on already complex personalities and the military’s dualistic responses to spiritual and psychological I.E.D’s.  

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Running time: 120 minutes including interval

  Writer/Producer: James Balian & Roger Vickery
Director: Kevin Jackson
 Sound Designer: Ben Pierpoitn
 Production and Costume Designer: Rachel Scane
 Lighting Designer: Martin Kinnane

Matilda Brodie
Martin Harper
Elaine Hudson
Philippe Klaus
Joshua Shediak

James Balian – Writer/Producer
James’ previous writing credits include the stage play The Night After the Day Before (Ensemble Studios), the telemovie Thank You Jack, and the tele-play An Electric Day, both screened on ABC -TV. James also wrote and directed the feature film Saturday Night - first screened on SBS and selected as “Film of the Week” by the Sydney Morning Herald then invited to the Cinequest Film Festival in San Jose, USA. He has written and directed many productions for Short and Sweet and was Gala finalist in 2010 and 2011. James wrote and directed the successful Viagra Monologues and The New Deal for the Sydney Fringe Festival. In 2014 he produced his play Brother Daniel at the Tap Gallery. In 2016 he produced A Nest of Skunks at the Depot Theatre, which he co-wrote with Roger Vickery. Both plays were directed by Travis Green and received excellent audience support and uniformly good reviews.
Roger Vickery – Writer/Producer
Roger has won over 70 writing awards and his work has appeared in numerous Australian and international d publications. His recent short story awards include the Rolfe Boldrewood, Boroondara, Waterline, Henry Lawson (Land Newspaper), FAW National Micro fiction, and Ned Kelly Crime Short Story prizes. He has been shortlisted for several international flash fiction awards. Recent poetry successes include first place in the Bruce Dawe, Lane Cove and Ipswich poetry prizes and short listings in the Irish Fish Poetry Prize and the UK Keats-Shelley Poetry Award. Roger has been a finalist in two consecutive national Solo Monologue competitions. His collaborative projects include a six-part educational TV series broadcast on SBS, a major tertiary textbook, Farang Monk (a Thailand-based documentary) and A Nest of Skunks, with James Balian, which enjoyed a very successful season at the Depot Theatre in 2016.  

Kevin Jackson – Director
Sydney born and bred, Kevin graduated from NIDA way back in 1971 and has worked professionally as an actor, director and teacher, since then, and continues to do so.

Kevin served as a full-time acting teacher for ten years at the National Institute of Dramatic Art (NIDA). Prior to that full-time appointment he worked part-time as an acting teacher at both the American Conservatory Theatre (ACT) in San Francisco, and NIDA in Sydney. Between 1985 and 1988 he served as Head oaf Acting at NIDA.

Kevin most recently directed Shaw's Saint Joan, Lobby Hero and Chekhov's The Three Sisters for Sport For Jove. He also developed two plays with artists of Disability at Campbell Town Art Gallery.
He is currently teaching at THE HUB in Chippendale and at the International Screen Academy (ISA), Waterloo.

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