Matthew Mitcham has released his autobiography Twists and Turns, which reveals a life behind the international spotlight that has been plagued by low self-esteem, anxiety and depression, panic attacks and repeated self-harm as a teenager, leading on to drug abuse. He has also struggled with issues relating to his sexuality, being one of few Olympians to compete at the event as openly gay.
Based on his book of the same name, and told with the honesty and courage he is admired for, this live production of Twists and Turns is an inspiring story of a true champion – in and out of the pool.
Away from the diving pool Matthew is a talented singer and musician, who invites you to share the highs and lows of his incredible life through theatre and song, along with a few surprises, a bit of foot tapping and loads of inspiration, in his first solo show.
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Matthew is openly gay and his story is about his life. There is occasional swearing.
TheatricHals Kym Halpin has been involved in theatre for the past 30 years.
Starting out as a student at QUT in 1984 in Technical Production Course she has made her way through Stage Manager, Production Manager, Technical Director, Creative Director , Writer to Producer. She has toured overseas and specialises in Middle East and Asian Touring. She has as Executive Producer toured Arena sized shows to Dubai, Abu Dhabi, Kuwait, Doha, Beirut, Bahrain, Bergin (Norway), Manila, Hong Kong, Singapore, Jakarta and Kuala Lumpur. In the last 4 years she has began to foster Australian Talent and is always on the look out for a new and interesting project.
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Potentially the most original and personal cabaret act on this or any year’s schedule, Twists and Turns tells Mitcham’s story to date in 75 thrilling minutes. Articulate, charming, funny, refreshingly honest and always in the moment.
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The show brings the topics of depression, drug use and being gay into the spotlight for discussion and presents them in an entertaining and not confronting way. Matthew has handled all these areas of his life with aplomb and he is a symbol of hope for the way forward for those that might need assistance.