Mental as Everything by Under the Microscope

Mental As Everything is an original new stage concept by Melbourne based writer, musician and performer, Damon Smith. His personal, day to day experiences with a diagnosis of both OCD and Bipolar disorder have helped Damon develop a transparency regarding his dealings with these two, widely misguided disorders and as a writer/entertainer, creating a show that blends comedy and music alongside an honest and thought-provoking, researched narrative.


As a creator, Damon invites you to pull up a seat next to him at the bar. There’s a sense of intimacy, a hint of sass, and with MAE, there’s more than a hint of the real man behind his work. Damon’s performances are peppered with moments of improvisation and with a wry and thought-provoking stage manner, he can turn the tone to comedic absurdity in the blink of an eye. Just like the mania and depression that he experiences in his personal life with Bipolar Disorder, the mood of the show changes rapidly, which help to make Mental As Everything a truly unique experience, allowing it to work on many, audience engaging levels.


In this two-man show, Damon and his musical cohort, Adam Coad, will take the audience on a brilliantly unique and often awkward journey inside their own heads with hilarious onstage buffoonery and songs pertaining to Mental Illness. Mental As Everything, features both original music and a few existing songs, written by well-known artists that have experienced mental illness.

Some performances on this tour are still pending funding, with confirmation to be advised March 2020. These venues are Bena Hall.

Bringing mental illness and music together with transparency, comedy and a deep personal narrative.

20th Mar 2020 to 24th Oct 2020

Under the Microscope
Duration: 60 minutes, no interval
Artform: Cabaret
  • Tour Map
  • Event Dates
Date Venue Location More info
20th Mar 2020 Yea Arts Inc 109 Cheviot Rd, Yea, 3717
21st Mar 2020 Mount Beauty Community Centre 21 Kiewa Crescent, Mount Beauty, 3699
16th Apr 2020 The Forge Theatre 80 Macean Street, Bairnsdale, 3875
17th Apr 2020 The Wedge 70 Foster St, Sale, 3820
18th Apr 2020 West Gippsland Arts Centre Albert Street, Warragul, 3820
17th Jun 2020 Ballarat Civic Hall 300 Mair Street, Ballarat Central, 3350
20th Jun 2020 Kingston City Hall 979 Nepean Hwy, Moorabbin, 3189
16th Jul 2020 Potato Shed 41 Peninsula Drive, Drysdale, 3222
18th Jul 2020 Portland Arts Centre Cnr Glenelg & Bentinck Streets, Portland, 3305
8th Oct 2020 Frankston Arts Centre Davey St, Frankston, 3199
10th Oct 2020 Lighthouse Theatre 185 Timor Street, Warrnambool, 3280
16th Oct 2020 Bena Community Hall 41 Main Road, Bena, 3946
17th Oct 2020 Wonthaggi Union Community Arts Centre 96 Graham St, Wonthaggi, 3995
23rd Oct 2020 Wyndham Cultural Centre 177 Watton St, Werribee, 3030
24th Oct 2020 Burrinja 351 Glenfern Rd, Upwey, 3158