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Scarred For Life

With original songs in the style of Tim Minchin and Eddie Perfect, emerging singer/songwriter Josh Belperio will make his cabaret debut at the Adelaide Cabaret Fringe Festival in 2017, from 22-24 June.

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When Josh Belperio survived flying over the handlebars of his pushbike, rupturing his spleen and nearly bleeding to death, he did the only rational thing an artist would do – wrote a show about it.

Help Josh as he attempts to make sense of the experience, along with the broader ways in which trauma has altered, shaped and redefined who he is.

Prior to his accident, Josh had accompanied countless comedy and cabaret artists, across all major Adelaide Festivals. This included David Gauci in the Adelaide Cabaret Festival 2015, for which he composed the title song It Was Worth the Weight. Josh also completed a Bachelor of Music Composition at the Elder Conservatorium of Music, learning from esteemed composers Graeme Koehne AO and Anne Cawrse.

Now, Josh is ready to take centre stage with his own original show. With songs that strike a delicate balance between comedy and pathos, Josh recalls his finer moments in hospital, from his partner watching him pee into a bottle, to hallucinating that he was a hexagon. Beneath the surface, Josh explores how we endure our most painful moments, the people we rely on when we are at our most vulnerable, and how they help us through adversity. He also details other stories from his life, such as falling in love, being hurt and growing up. Ultimately, Josh asks – what does it mean to be scarred? And how do we rebuild ourselves, stronger, wiser and more hopeful than before?

Why donate?

We are an independent theatre company, striving to create an innovative and intimate theatrical experience. The audience of 40 will be invited to sit on bean bags and couches around the grand piano. Ticket prices are as low as possible to ensure that anyone can come. We have had some excellent feedback from established cabaret artists Michael Griffiths and Amelia Ryan, who are mentoring Josh thanks to a Helpmann Academy Grant. We also have in-kind support from Carclew and 3 Rings Wine.

But we have more expenses to cover.

Your donation will fund our hire of the beautiful Carclew Ballroom, hire of a Steinway grand piano, and fees.

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Matthew has been involved in all aspects of theatre, including stage managing, producing and directing, for almost thirteen years now.

In 2012, Matthew stage managed Emily Steel’s award-winning plays, Sepia and Rocket Town. In 2016, he produced and directed The Angel of Death, The Sentient Arrow and the Australian Premiere of Trey Parker’s Cannibal! The Musical.

In 2017, Matthew produced and directed Scarred For Life by emerging songwriter and performer, Josh Belperio, who received a $2,100 Helpmann Academy Grant to be mentored by award-winning cabaret artists, Michael Griffiths and Amelia Ryan. Scarred For Life most recently won the Week 3 BankSA Best Cabaret Award at the 2018 Adelaide Fringe. Matthew was also the co-producer of the music video and song, Dear Malcolm Turnbull, to raise money for QLife, a free and anonymous national phone and web chat counselling service for LGBTQI+ people.

In 2018, Matthew curated 12 shows for the Adelaide Fringe in a new venue called The Lab. Besides Matthew’s theatre experience, he currently works as a Research Associate at The University of South Australia in the field of Proteomics and Glycomics.

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