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Depression The Musical - Mental Health Week Tour

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by Jenny Esots (subscribe)
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A powerful musical breaking new ground
Mental Health week is gradually gaining more prominence in the media and community. Perhaps people are feeling freer to discuss mental health issues. There seems to be an openness towards topics previously taboo, most definitely in mainstream entertainment. Mental illness affects us all in one-way or another, personally or with family, friends and colleagues. Now a cabaret show is tackling the black dog.

Depression The Musical - Mental Health Week Tour
Depression The Musical - Mental Health Week Tour


The cabaret show that is breaking new ground and boundaries will hit the boards for mental health week 2014. Despite having the perverse title of Depression The Musical, this production has garnered praise from previous performances when first performed in 2013. A lot of work has gone into making this brooding new Cabaret show something real and engaging.

It uses current songs from artists like The Doors, Tori Amos, P!nk, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Ben Lee, A Perfect Circle, The Divinyls, and Radiohead. But this show is more than just a sharing of stories about depression and anxiety. It is about bridging the gap of understanding and empathy for those that have never experienced what it's like to be followed by the "Black Dog".
The show was written to open up conversations through Story and Song and is now touring to regional areas in October 2014 for Mental Health Week.

Through a glass darkly
Through a glass darkly


The tour is designed to spread these messages and encourage people to move past the discomfort that comes with discussing depression and other mental health issues.

The show was first performed in June 2013 as part of the Cabaret Fringe festival with a combination of rhythmic monologues to original compositions of music that were inspired by interviews with members of the Community Arts Network (CAN SA) and around Adelaide.

The show has been designed to help audiences understand and empathise with real experiences of depression amongst common themes of, self worth, loneliness, taking medication, being the person left behind after suicide, finding a creative release to deal with depression and finding hope and connection.

Mental Health Week
Mental Health Week


For more information about the show generally you can like their Facebook page here. To find out more about the show and its development process in 2013 read the blog here and here.

All shows start at 8pm, doors open at 7.45pm. Tickets $25/$20 Show runs approx. 75mins.

Friday October 10th @ Cheese Factory Studio Gallery 239 Kondoparinga Road, Meadows 5201 Book tickets here

Saturday October 11th @ Port Noarlunga Arts Centre 22 Gawler Street, Port Noarlunga 5167 Book tickets here

Sunday October 12th @ The Soul Box 252 Hindley Street, Adelaide 5000 Book tickets here
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Why? Talking about the black dog
When: October 10th, 11th & 12th
Where: Friday October 10th @ Cheese Factory Studio Gallery 239 Kondoparinga Road, Meadows 5201 Saturday October 11th @ Port Noarlunga Arts Centre 22 Gawler Street, Port Noarlunga 5167 Sunday October 12th @ The Soul Box 252 Hindley Street, Adelaide 5000
Cost: $25 full price $20 Conc
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