Daley has issues. His social skills are clinically lacking, so he puts up a facade.
His lungs are a diagnosed let-down, so he spends his life in water. His mind constantly escapes him, so he endeavours to escape his mind. To deal with his afflictions, Daley has learned how to breathe.
He’s also found art to keep him afloat.
In this extremely personal and reflective performance work, Perth-based Daley King attacks the idea of the ‘broken artist’, and asks what we might do to fix ourselves, or just to keep our heads above the water.
“There is still a huge stigma against mental health and disability in Australia, despite the appearance of productive discussion,” says King.
“A lack of actual diverse representation of humans and stories on our stage can lead to the perception that it’s still abnormal to be afflicted with a disorder. These, sometimes invisible, disorders often are seen as needing to be fixed, rather than something with which most people can, and do, live with.
“It’s important these stories continue to be heard, louder and louder, and the ways in which they explore these complex ideas will continue to evolve. Hopefully our shout in the darkness is a door to productive discussion.”