Fringe Review: headspace Stand Up for Youth Mental Health

I was lucky enough to spend my last day of the Adelaide Fringe Festival at headspace’s Stand Up for Youth Mental Health, and I am so glad I did.

Setup in the eclectic Fortuna Spiegeltent at The Garden of Unearthly Delights, the space was packed with everyone young and old, providing a great atmosphere as soon as you entered the room.

Our emcee for the afternoon, magician and Survivor start Matt Tarrant, opened the show with some great energy, and making sure that everyone remembered the reason we were there.

Approximately 1 in 4 will experience a mental illness in their youth, and almost 60% won’t seek help. This is unacceptable and needs to change. Headspace, along with the Northern Health Network, and an amazing line-up of Fringe acts, were doing there bit to make sure it does.

The show was opened with a performance from controversial impersonator Trumpageddon, followed by the incredible Kevin Quantum. A magnificent magician from the UK, Quantum put on an astonishing, and surprisingly hilarious show, with everything from cheeky illusions to unbelievable science experiments.

Following Quantum was American comedian Arj Barker a huge international name in comedy, who produced many laughs as always. George Class Comedy, provided some musical comedy and had the audience laughing from their first song about an unconventional relationship with a much older woman. Isaac Lomman, has had sold out shows across the entire Fringe, and we were lucky enough to see him hypnotise some young audience members live on stage. Attesting to the incredible power of our minds through his show, Lomman shared with us how mental health is a topic close to his heart.

Comedians Nath Valvo and Ivan Aristeguieta, provided continual laughs and an infectious energy. A surprise appearance by radio host Amos Gill was a great addition to the line-up. Certainly the most controversial of the group, Gill provided a great act as always. We were then lucky enough to finish the afternoon with Randy, a great international comedy act, and one of the most famous puppets in the country. He may have got into a bit of a tangle with the backdrop, but this certainly didn’t stop him from being an absolute show stopper.

Although each and every act provided us with a great giggle or two, and an exceptional ab workout, it was the fact that all of them were in the same room, a very full room, that really made the biggest impact on me. Mental health is something that will touch each and every one of us throughout our lives, and having a packed house, and these incredible international acts, come together to support this cause demonstrates this. Despite the laughs, magic and everything in between, everyone was there to take a stand for youth mental health, and I am so glad I got to be a part of it.

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