MYAREE resident and Murdoch University PhD student Nick Choo is breaking with tradition for a new production of his award-winning musical, which focuses on mental health and suicide.
His own personal experiences with depression are also incorporated into The Edge, which opens at the Blue Room Theatre in Northbridge on Thursday, May 31 for a two-week run.
Choo first conceived the show in 2005 when he returned to Malaysia after completing both his Bachelor and Masters Degrees in Journalism and Creative Arts at Murdoch University.
“At the time I was a full-time, freelance artist, and part of writing The Edge was creatively channelling my own struggles with mental health and depression, and using these experiences to create a show,” he said.
The two-hour musical tells the story of Josh, an aspiring artist and a troubled young man, and the six young people who are closest to him.
When Josh declares that he wishes to end his life, these people are forced to re-examine their relationships: with him, with others and with themselves.
“Hopefully it prompts people to think about how they interact with others, and how the things they say and do can affect someone else – either on purpose or inadvertently, because that’s a big part of the show,” Choo said.
To book tickets, visit http://blueroom.org.au/seasons/apr-jul-2018.
If you or someone close to you is experiencing depression or mental illness, contact Beyond Blue on 130 22 4636 or Lifeline Australia on 13 11 14.