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.


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

16th Jul 2021 to 16th Oct 2021

Under the Microscope
Duration: 60 minutes, no interval
Artform: Cabaret
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Date Venue Location More info
16th Jul 2021 Ballarat Civic Hall 300 Mair Street, Ballarat Central, 3350
7th Oct 2021 Wonthaggi Union Community Arts Centre 96 Graham St, Wonthaggi, 3995
8th Oct 2021 Frankston Arts Centre Davey St, Frankston, 3199
9th Oct 2021 Lighthouse Theatre 185 Timor Street, Warrnambool, 3280
10th Oct 2021 Ballarat Civic Hall 300 Mair Street, Ballarat Central, 3350
15th Oct 2021 Wyndham Cultural Centre 177 Watton St, Werribee, 3030
16th Oct 2021 Burrinja 351 Glenfern Rd, Upwey, 3158