Words: Jasmine Uitermark-Thaung
Monday night at The Parrott House paid homage to resilience and crippling mental conditions in their visceral form. Pioneered and performed by chaos ensemble’s, Daley King, i’m not alright was an honest depiction of depression and the struggle of living with bipolar told from King’s perspective.
Sugar coating and serving up mental health issues in bite sized portions was never King’s intention, the weird mix of jazz, storytelling monologues and puppetry whilst wacky had its desired effect. Ventriloquist puppet in hand, King had audience members fidgeting when he held out a knife illustrating a suicide attempt. With the kind of performance that could make eager Fringe goers cringe, Daley King wasn’t lying about the rawness of his presentation.
Busting out into song, the performer’s take on Feeling Good - a song made infamous by the much loved Australian television show Kath & Kim – had the people in front of me looking a little confused. It was one of those blink and you’ll miss it moments where King gave up a vital piece of his identity before ending in the monologue to end all monologues that may have been cliché but as he uttered prior to the overwhelming support that came through in audience applause “I love a good cliché.”
Tickets to i'm not alright are available here.