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?
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.