IN TUNE WITH HER ANX­I­ETY

Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - LOOK LOCAL -

GE­ORGINA Cra­mond had al­ways suf­fered a lit­tle anx­i­ety and be­come stressed in so­cial sit­u­a­tions, but it was never prob­lem­atic un­til it es­ca­lated three years ago.

“When I turned 20, I started hav­ing panic at­tacks and the anx­i­ety started be­com­ing un­man­age­able,” Cra­mond (pic­tured), of Como, said.

“At first I tried to keep it to my­self and deal with it, but I re­alised that wasn’t work­ing so I talked to my mum and she told me to go to a doc­tor and see a psy­chol­o­gist.

“My doc­tor sug­gested I get a hobby so I had some­thing to fo­cus on other than my work and all the other stress go­ing on in my life.”

Cra­mond, who stud­ied per­for­mance at Curtin Univer­sity and is study­ing con­tem­po­rary mu­sic at WAAPA, de­cided to take this ad­vice and dust off her old key­board.

“I used to play piano and al­ways loved mu­sic, but was not do­ing it at the time,” she said.

“I’m not re­ally a pian­ist, but I started teach­ing my­self to write songs and I signed up to a cou­ple of song­writ­ing classes.

“When I started per­form­ing them at open mic nights, I would get two re­ac­tions. My friends would come up and ask if I was OK, be­cause some of the songs are quite ex­plicit in how I was feel­ing, and then strangers would come up and say they’d felt like that.”

These words of en­cour­age­ment trig­gered the 23-yearold to cre­ate one-woman show In­ter­rupt­ing a Cri­sis, a play with words show­ing at The Blue Room Theatre from May 16 to June 3 about song­writ­ing through anx­i­ety.

“When I first started writ­ing my songs, I never thought I’d per­form them, then I got brave and did my first gig at Rose­mount Ho­tel,” Cra­mond said.

“I wanted to put them all to­gether in In­ter­rupt­ing a Cri­sis be­cause it’s a nice way to break down that anx­i­ety is a scary thing. There were a few years which were a bit tough and I’d freak out and the mu­sic wasn’t a quick fix.”

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