Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - Stage -

AUSSIE pub rock mu­si­cal Merry Go Round will ex­plore what it takes for a man to pull him­self back from the brink of death.

Merry Go Round will premier at Bel­mont’s Lat­vian The­atre in Oc­to­ber.

Writ­ten and di­rected by Bree Vree­den­burgh, it is a showcase of Aussie mu­sic clas­sics fram­ing the story of Alan, who is try­ing to get his life back on track after a sui­cide at­tempt.

He is sent to a ther­apy group led by the ever-cheer­ful Tim and en­coun­ters a sweet­na­tured junkie, some­one with post-trau­matic stress disorder, an older woman over­com­ing the death of her hus­band, a woman re­cov­er­ing from an abu­sive re­la­tion­ship and another per­son de­scribed as “beyond help”.

“Merry Go Round is about beat­ing de­pres­sion, ask­ing for help, ris­ing above ad­ver­sity, and show­ing that peo­ple who have men­tal ill­nesses are pretty much the same as the rest of us,” Vree­den­burgh said.

“My in­spi­ra­tion to write the show came from my own ex­pe­ri­ences liv­ing with de­pres­sion, as well as learn­ing about how other peo­ple deal with dis­cussing it.”

Merry Go Round plays at 8pm, Oc­to­ber 10, 11, 16, 17, 18, 23, 24 and 25 with 2pm mati­nees Oc­to­ber 12 and 19.

Tick­ets cost $20, $16 con­ces­sion or $15 each for groups of 10 or more – book through try­book­ or call 0421 084 226. Door open from 7pm. Part pro­ceeds from the show go the WA Men’s Shed As­so­ci­a­tion and En­ter­prise 33, an or­gan­i­sa­tion that fo­cuses on men’s sui­cide preven­tion and de­liv­ers post-sui­cide as­sis­tance for fam­i­lies.

The Lat­vian Cen­tre The­atre is at 60 Cleaver Ter­rac in Bel­mont.

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