The purpose of the show, with part proceeds going to suicide awareness, is to normalise the conversation about mental health, to reassure people it’s okay to not be okay and that no perception of shame is too great to seek help. Powerful doesn’t cut it.
Rose was entertaining, and when sharing her own life rules before closing the show, there were some fundamental messages – ‘own your mental health’ and ‘respect people’s mental health’, something we should all do, despite the challenges we’re often faced with. So, what are your rules for life? Mine’s simply ‘Life’s short, make fun of it.’
This performance is orientated towards children, although adults or parents joined in on the activity. There was throughout a quintessentially Australiana theme with the two actors enjoying themselves in an informal dance and song.
Nores Cerfeda performs a one-man show, telling his story about his experience of depression. He is a Melbourne based Italian actor having graduated at the London Academy of Radio, Film & TV in 2007 and then at the Italian Academy “Fondamenta”, in Rome.
In Connected, things which start small increase in magnitude until they become of horrific, life-threatening importance. What sets Connected apart is the strength of the performances. The cast genuinely give their all during their time on stage.
This is burlesque with a definitive kick, produced by Diana Divine who began by sharing her own story. On strong painkillers after putting her back out, which she later discovered she was allergic to, Diana performed a show in excruciating pain et voila, the title!