Connect St.Arnaud - Mental as Everything

A coming together of community members to support, talk & listen to speakers on mental health. 

Share a barbecue meal and a drink provided by community groups.

The main feature of the event is a play written & performed by Damon Smith under the auspice of Regional Arts Victoria. St.Arnaud Arts Council Inc.

The ultimate aim is to bring the community together.  

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Mental As Everything is an original new stage concept by Melbourne based writer, musician and performer, Damon Smith. His personal, day to day experiences with a diagnosis of both OCD and Bipolar disorder have helped Damon develop a transparency regarding his dealings with these two, widely misguided disorders and as a writer/entertainer, creating a show that blends comedy and music alongside an honest and thought-provoking, researched narrative.

As a creator, Damon invites you to pull up a seat next to him at the bar. There is a sense of intimacy, a hint of sass, and with MAE, there’s more than a hint of the real man behind his work. Damon’s performances are peppered with moments of improvisation and with a wry and thought-provoking stage manner, he can turn the tone to comedic absurdity in the blink of an eye. Just like the mania and depression that he experiences in his personal life with Bipolar Disorder, the mood of the show changes rapidly, which help to make Mental As Everything a truly unique experience, allowing it to work on many, audience engaging levels.

In this two-man show, Damon and his musical cohort, Adam Coad, will take the audience on a brilliantly unique and often awkward journey inside their own heads with hilarious onstage buffoonery and songs pertaining to Mental Illness. Mental As Everything, features both original music and a few existing songs, written by well-known artists that have experienced mental illness

Ticket registrations will be released closer to the date.

When

  • Friday, 22 October 2021 | 01:00 PM - 11:00 PM