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Shining a light on mental illness
Boutique Theatre is an independent company in Melbourne who are kicking off 2017 by throwing an awareness/fundraising concertBeneath The Skin for Entertainment Assist. The first one (in February) was such a huge sell-out success so they are following up with a repeat on the 17th for anyone who missed out on getting a ticket or who heard about the amazing show and want to check it out for themselves.
Beneath The Skin is an incredible montage of spoken word, slam poetry, pop songs and musical theatre with a smattering of vox pops thrown in. Eight young local performers are supported by the live musical stylings of a cello and keyboard. The vocals are absolutely superb.
Entertainment Assist is a charity which is dedicated to bringing awareness to the mental health problems within the entertainment industry. Research has shown that practitioners in this industry suffer extraordinarily high rates of anxiety, depression, suicide and isolation as well as other areas of concern. Entertainment Assist encourages open conversations from concert halls to rehearsal rooms to support a resilient industry culture.
A truly brilliant spoken word pieces including 'Warrior' kicked off the evening which was split into two halves. The first part of the evening was focussed on anxiety and the second half was more about depression. The program is a fun and sensitive collection of theme related songs including excerpts from some of your favourite musicals such as Avenue Q to pop songs from hit artists Radiohead and Taylor Swift to name only a couple.
Beneath The Skin, as well as being a great night out for a really good cause, is also indicative on the current artistic direction Boutique Theatre are taking. Their upcoming season Bloodlines includes cabaret collaborations as well as new and local plays.