FRINGEWORLD 2018 | Audiotherapy | 5 stars

Review | Kieran Eaton

I have heard somewhere that music is the key to the soul, and Audiotherapy is something the opens that world with all emotions in deep resonance.  Singer/songwriter, Sun-Mi Clyburn has clinical depression and she bares herself – warts and all, in this combination of storytelling and musical numbers, with a brilliant band behind her.

Mental health is hard topic to broach, as it always our mind that we get judged on. Clyburn makes an excellent point about when we have an injury or disease on any other part of the body there is far less judgement. This is an extremely salient point because nobody likes feeling isolated, and so imagine if your illness is adding to that emotion! When Clyburn opens her mouth with an intense stare we know that this is truly from the heart.  She describes in detail what goes inside her head and it impossible not to feel a connection.

After each experience is described Clyburn uses a song to outline the intensity of it all.  My brain is spellbound by her beautiful voice, combined by the talented backing. Most of the songs are covers that truly resonate with her and the whole audience feels this.  Each song is so engaging you end up in a timeless trance of just embracing her in the here and now. There is a strong sense that singing is her calling – for this is when you see her purely in the moment. The show ends with a song of hope – that is what Clyburn seems to want us to get out of the experience – so we don’t give up on the 1 in 5 people who have had a mental health issue crop up in their life.

This show is a must see to anybody wanting to embrace a serious issue compassionately.  Check out Audiotherapy for a night that you won’t forget.


WHEN: February 2 to 6, 2018 | 7:00pm


INFO: Tickets $15 – $20 | Duration 55 mins | Suitable 15+ | WA Artist | MUSIC


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