How Long Can This Last?

Jamila Main with Emma Valente (SA & VIC)

In How Long Can This last? a performer with chronic illness pursues a pain-free space provided by live performance in a durational work interrogating the visibility of disability, medical gaslighting, and what it means to be sick.

Jamila Main is an actor, award-winning playwright and emerging arts leader whose work explores themes of autonomy, trust, and joy within queer, feminist and disability dramaturgies. They are a fierce advocate for people with Endometriosis.

Jamila is exploring the key ideas and artistic modes – both digital and physical – of this deeply personal new work through a mentoring process with director, lighting designer, and dramaturg Emma Valente, co-director of feminist performance company THE RABBLE.

Creative Team: Performer and concept – Jamila Main; Dramaturg – Emma Valente; Video and sound production – Jamila Main and Kobe Donaldson

Image: Matteo Medos


Vitalstatistix acknowledges that we, and our home Waterside, are on Kaurna Country, its sovereignty never ceded. We acknowledge Kaurna people as the continuing custodians of the Adelaide Plains who have a spiritual relationship with this land. We respect their cultural authority. We pay our respect to Kaurna Elders, past, present and emerging, and through them to all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.