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The Family Tree


Fri 18 Sep 2015, 6:45pm–7:45pm
Sat 19 Sep 2015, 6:45pm–7:45pm
Sun 20 Sep 2015, 5:45pm–7:45pm
Tue 22 Sep 2015, 6:45pm–7:45pm
Wed 23 Sep 2015, 6:45pm–7:45pm
Thu 24 Sep 2015, 6:45pm–7:45pm
Fri 25 Sep 2015, 6:45pm–7:45pm

Where: Lithuanian Club, 44 Errol St, North Melbourne, Victoria

Restrictions: 18+

Ticket Information:

  • Full: $27.00
  • Concession: $20.00
  • Cheap Tuesday: $20.00
  • Group (6+): $24.00
  • Additional fees may apply

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Listed by: aliciashasticlark

The Family Tree
Returning after its sell-out La Mama season - only 7 shows!

One woman’s candid tale of her tragic and hilarious odyssey from cult kid to ‘functional’ adult.

The Family Tree is a theatrical documentary that blends music, photography and storytelling, to paint a vivid and entertaining picture of one woman’s quest for normalcy growing up in the crazy world of a cult.

Alicia Easteal was born dropped out into an international hippie commune called ‘The Family,’ whose members chose to reject societal norms and worship a polygamist guru named ‘Father’, whom they believed to be a living incarnation of the Hindu god Shiva.

Performed with the intimacy of a lounge room conversation, Alicia retells her sometimes tragic and often hilarious odyssey to ‘functional’ adult life having been raised in this bizarre milieu- in the middle of Camberwell. She utilises various forms of evidence: letters, posters, photos, music, archive footage, school reports and song, to give audiences a deep insight into this fascinating world and to highlight the accounts of her bitter-sweet journey to adulthood.

“I was born into a hippie commune and I have remained part of it my whole life, it’s just that the commune I grew up in chose an unfortunate name, the same name that every axe wielding, maniacal death cult of the 1960s and 70s also chose. And that name is “The Family.” So when I say the name “The Family” usually the person I’m having the conversation with has heard of one the other Families and I imagine they are looking at me thinking, “Did she survive the massacre?”

“Sharply perceptive writing…..Highly genuine and all-round captivating.” - ArtsHub

“Real life cult survival told with warmth and wit…this gracious offering will illuminate and entertain.” - Theatre Press

Writer and Performer Alicia Easteal is a 1997 John Bolton Theatre School graduate. Her most recent work The Family Tree performed a sell-out debut season at La Mama. In 1999 she won Melbourne Fringe’s Best Theatre Award for her show Finding the River, which was performed and devised with Aurora Kurth. In 2002 Alicia won The Most Energetic Performer award at Wellington Fringe for her show A Bottle of Rage, which was directed by Clare Bartholomew (Die Roten Punke). The Family Tree has been inspired by Alicia’s work as an artist in residence at Victoria University, her work with the AFC on the documentary version of the material and of course by her experiences growing up in ‘The Family”.