Tell Me I'm Here

Published by: Kabuku PR | 14-Jul-2022
The life-changing memoir, now a breath taking play.
Venue: Belvoir St Theatre
Address: 25 Belvoir St Surry Hills NSW 2010
Date: 20 August – 25 September 2022
Ticket: $35-$91
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Call: 02 9699 3444
On publication thirty years ago, Anne Deveson’s raw and moving family memoir Tell Me I’m Here became an instant classic, catapulting conversations about mental health to the mainstream. And now, in a superb adaptation, it comes to the Belvoir mainstage from 20th August to 25th September.

Anne’s life – the familiar juggle of marriage, career, emotions, chaos – is thrown off-balance when her son Jonathan begins speaking oddly, standing strangely, flashing into irrationality and rage. Is it just a phase, part of growing up?

The years pass, and Anne’s son has been diagnosed with schizophrenia. But putting a name to it is one thing – getting attention, getting help is another. Even the strongest families, the most steadfast parents, buckle under such stress.

Tell Me I’m Here author Anne Deveson (1930-2016) was an Australian cultural icon, a much-loved ABC journalist, and Australia’s first female talk-back broadcaster. She was a mother of three, author of six books and a filmmaker. An active lobbyist for the rights of women, children, and the disabled, she launched the national body Schizophrenia Australia Foundation (now known as SANE Australia). She was made a Member of the Order of Australia for her services to the media and an Officer of the Order of Australia for her work in increasing public awareness of schizophrenia.

Anne’s memoir has been adapted for stage by Veronica Nadine Gleeson and will be directed by award-winning stage and film director Leticia Cáceres (The Drover’s Wife, Barbara and the Camp Dogs).

Starring Helpmann Award-winner Nadine Garner (TV’s City Homicide, The Doctor Blake Mysteries) as Anne, Tom Conroy (Jasper Jones, Ghosts) as her son Jonathan, alongside Deborah Galanos (Son of Byblos), Jana Zvedeniuk (Stan’s Bump, TV’s Glitch), Sean O’Shea (TV’s Doctor Doctor, Operation Buffalo) and Raj Labade in his mainstage debut, this heart-rending, exquisitely touching play is about getting on with life, before it’s too late.

SANE Australia, a charity founded by Anne Deveson which supports all people in Australia affected by complex mental health issues, is proud to partner with Belvoir on Tell Me I’m Here.

For more information on SANE or to access support services, you can visit or call the Helpline on 1800 187 263.

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