Near-Death Experience debuts at The Basement Theatre 31st
Jul-4th Aug. Written and directed by Natalie Medlock, and
starring Amanda Tito, Bronwyn Bradley, Peter Hambleton and Fasitua
Tabby has a near-death experience. She falls in love with a
chicken-headed God called Carl Jung. Alas, Tabby is resuscitated
but she is determined to return to her love. Her divorced parents
come together to care for her, and through this, navigate their own
love story. A tragic comedy that triumphs over despair.
This play delves into the aspects of mental health that aren't
often featured in the media. In lieu of a sad girl in black, you
have a story that sometimes makes you laugh, makes your mind twist,
makes you afraid and gives you hope.
Created and produced from the lens of those who have lived
experience with mental illness, Near-Death Experience is a real
Near-Death experience is written and directed by Natalie
Medlock. It is largely based on her own lived experience with
anxiety and depression.
"I wrote Near Death Experience when I was house-sitting two
schnauzers in Melbourne. I was very alone, highly medicated and
mental. It's a real exploration of my existential crisis: What is
the point in life? This thought can be, as I understand it,
liberating, that is if you're not plagued by crippling anxiety and
your heart and body doesn't feel like it is made of stone."
Natalie is a graduate of Toi Whakaari. You might recognise her
from her stint on Shorty, her many shows with Silo, or you might
have seen her buying tea at Ponsonby Countdown. Nat is a phenomenal
writer, recently penning No Holds Barred (with Dan Musgrove and
Michael Hurst), Christ Almighty (with Dan Musgrove) and The Pact
(on voluntary euthanasia). She is obviously no stranger to
unpacking some of the topics other people shy away from.
Near-Death Experience is no exception. "As well as a deeply
personal exploration of depression, the play follows the mother and
father as they tear apart and come back together as they care for
and despair over their daughter. This is as much about how
people relate to and deal with the depressed."
It continues to blow my mind that even with no money/Nat doing
her best to bankroll this play, people keep putting up their hand
to help us put this show on. I met Natalie through the amazing team
at The Basement. As soon as I saw the first read through, I knew I
had to be a part of telling this story. It's funny, it's wild, it's
Watching Bronwyn Bradley and Peter Hambleton read across from
each other, as Tabby's desperate parents, was raw for me. I feel
like it will be raw for anyone who has watched the process of
parents trying to lift their child out of depression. Amanda Tito
is fearless, and her portrayal of Tabby is bold, complex and
Once I watched the actors reading across the table, I was
desperate to see this play on it's feet, under lights and with an
audience of people thinking about Natalie's words.
That's where we need your help.
We really want to pay the actors, get an audio and lighting
operator, pay APRA so we don't get sued, and pay Dan Williams to
create a GIANT chicken head for Fasitua to wear as he plays our
Greek God - Carl Jung. Feathers are expensive...
We want to build a set, print some posters and buy costumes. But
we cannot do this alone...
Please help us tell this story. We would really appreciate your
support and donations no matter the size. Every dollar takes us a
step closer to getting this story onto the stage.