Celebrated for his Olympic Gold Medal in 2008, Lustralboy favourite, Matthew Mitcham has now taken his life story to the stage with his one man show, Twists and Turns.
He won gold with the highest single-dive score in Olympic history, becoming the first Australian male gold medal winner in diving since 1924. Despite reaching international prominence, Mitcham was plagued by mental illness and revealed his battle with low self-esteem, anxiety, depression, and panic attacks as a teenager. These were just the prelude to his later dependence on crystal meth. He told his story in his memoir, Twists and turns, released almost two years ago.
Now recovered, he shares his uplifting story of resilience and gratitude, with tales about his mother, his early trampolining, his move into diving, his discovery of gay life in Brisbane’s clubs at just fourteen and his challenge to balance his wild child partying with the discipline of training for an Olympic sport.
If you can, join him in Melbourne on 30 & 31 January, 2015. If not, we'll let you know of other dates as they become available.
And enjoy more of Matthew in the Related Stories below.
Show credits: Directed by Nigel Turner – Carroll, Script by Melbourne based scriptwriter and Green Room Award recipient Rhys Morgan, Musical Direction and accompaniment by Jeremy Brennan (Jersey Boys).
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