BEATING BLUES INSPIRES SHOW
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 trybooking.com 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.