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Robert in Crisis

AFTER RAVE REVIEWS that lead to the Best Performance Award at the 2019 Darwin Fringe Festival, Scott Gooding returns to the Brown’s Mart stage with his one-man dark comedy, Robert in Crisis.

Sure, performing solo for 60 minutes may be daunting for some actors, but not for Scott.

“I prefer to do theatre like that. Story-based theatre and narrative, someone up there talking and having that connection with the audience, and the idea they are witnesses and complicit in the story. They can’t just step away from the fourth wall experience – they’re forced to think about the wider ramifications.”

Without giving away too much, the show takes a fantastical turn, whilst highlighting some contemporary issues on mental health.

“I have always been a huge fan of fantasy and fantastical horror – it can act as a metaphor and really hit home about what happens in life,” he says.

“There is still a stigma to mental health, especially with male mental health. We’re still asked to suppress some of those emotions and how we’re feeling and that can be a danger. One of my own pathways  to help deal with depression was to talk to people about it, just so they knew it was okay to tell people, ‘hey, I’m not coping’.”

After the show, Scott plans to take the time to be available for a chat to audience members about their own experiences.

“I feel a sense of responsibility and I don’t want to just leave people at the curtain call, it’s almost a duty of care to keep the audience safe from triggers and emotions, and make sure we’re there to help deal with them.”

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