Ivy Alvarez reads Disturbance

Ivy Alvarez's Disturbance (Seren Books, 2013)

Ivy Alvarez writes:

I have this strange compulsion, so I’m following it.

Disturbance is a novel in verse that chronicles a multiple homicide, a tragic case of domestic violence, where a family is gunned down by the husband and father, and features poems in a kaleidoscope of voices from all the characters involved.

It took me seven years to write. I wonder how long it’ll take me to read it aloud?

This Sunday, 5 April 2020, I’ll begin reading from Disturbance, at 3 pm NZDT (UTC +13) on Instagram Live, and then every Sunday, same time, until I finish the book. instagram.com/ivyalvarez

If I can figure it out, I’ll also link it with Facebook Live. (No guarantees, though.)

Trigger warnings for strong content and language.

Grab your Disturbance from a local bookstore.

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Disturbance, the musical

DISTURBANCE, a musical scored by Tony Award-winning producer Mark Ferris and based on Ivy Alvarez’s verse novel that explores the impact of domestic violence, premiered at Musicasa in Tokyo, running from 2 July to 4 July 2019.

Please visit the website to learn more, including a full interview with Ms Alvarez. Here’s an excerpt:

How does it feel to see your work adapted for the stage? 

Incredibly surreal! That this could be a possibility for my poetry is not something I could have foreseen. Truly, it’s a thrill and privilege.

Read the rest here.

Below are rehearsal photos from the show.

Media and blog coverage

Disturbance on stage

Early in July 2019, there is to be a theatrical performance of Disturbance in Japan.

Sorcha Chisholm shares some thoughts on the production:

And so now I’ve been asked to join a production play based on a book of poems by Ivy Alvarez entitled “Disturbance”. The story tells of a domestic double murder suicide/surviving daughter/investigation/news-piece. It’s grim stuff to be sure.

Read the rest here.

Below are some images of the performers in rehearsal.