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Good Friday (Music & Madness)

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U.K. native David Parkin jokingly refers to his one-man show (his first) as a “clinical depression concept album.” And indeed, he unspools his song-cycle chronicling his battle with “the black dog” and his ongoing recovery through the healing powers of music and humour.

His big-hearted agenda is to turn the taboo about discussing depression into art. His gentle, soft-spoken manner is both breathtakingly funny and heartbreakingly eloquent.

The songs, particularly Scrabble For Beginners and Tonight the Stars, have a genuinely moving power that comes from their rawness and simplicity.

About halfway through the show, he informs the audience they’re sitting through a one-hour therapy session, but we’re the ones who are paying for it.

Considering what a open-hearted and engaging performer he is, we still end up getting more than our money’s worth.

— Ben Wiebe

 

From the Fringe program:

"Simple, direct, honest and brave." - Total Theatre (UK)

In 2009, David Parkin went bonkers. As he recovered, he taught himself how to play the piano and found himself writing an album about his experience. Chatting between songs, David tells us of the breakdown and the love affair between man and piano that blossomed as he wrote the album.

Moving, charming and devastatingly honest, Good Friday deals with a troubling issue in an approachable and entertaining way. With tunes. And gags.

Cast: David Parkin

Recommended For: Mature Audience

Length: 75 mins.

Tickets: $10

Discount Tickets: $8 for Students, Seniors, unemployed, fringe performers

Under 14 not admitted.

Warnings: Subject Matter, Language

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