• Who said talking about depression has to be depressing? Join our seven-piece band on a journey through the dark. We promise there is a light on the other side!


Producer


Synopsis

Audiotherapy is a personal account in storytelling and music about depression and everything that comes with it. The show is largely biographical in nature. I take the audience on "a journey through the dark" and present in depth the realities of taking medication, recovery and relapses, self-harm, suicidal thoughts, the impact mental illness has on intimate relationships and the link between mental and physical health. It ends on a high note, reinforcing the importance of human connection, community, self-compassion and hope. The music played and songs I sing following each segment provide resolution and catharsis and heighten the emotion of the piece.

Form and Style:
The show is storytelling weaved with music throughout. The lead vocalist/storyteller is front and centre, with a 6-piece band behind. None of the performers move much around the stage. The performers are all dressed in black. Set and props are minimal, so the main focus is the story and the music. Last year we pitched the first version of "Audiotherapy" at Showcase WA. Over the last 12 months The show has been significantly redeveloped and refined. I got professional and WAAPA trained musicians and theatre makers on board to create a more polished production: "Audiotherapy: a journey through the dark" and that's the version of the show that we hope to tour.

Duration of performance: 60 min

Interval: No

Maximum performances a week: 7

Remount: $16,840 (Negotiable, dependent on number of cast/ musicians)

Weekly Fee: $17,518 (Negotiable, dependent on number of cast/ musicians)

Royalties:
This will depend on the APRA license for the covers.

Date available: Now

No. people in Touring Party:
7 (can be tailored to suit venue budget)

Bump-in Time: 0.5 hours

Bump-out Time: 0.5 hours

First Possible Performance: Right after bump-in

Minimum Break Between Shows: 1 day

Theatre formats: The format of the production is minimalist and can work in most theatre formats, however it works better with intimate venues.

Minimum stage width: 5

Minimum stage depth: 4

Minimum stage height: 0

Minimum Wing space: 0

Set description: NA

Staging description:
The staging is minimalist; just the cast and 3 props (chair, stool, suitcase). The full cast is 7 (lead vocals/storyteller, 2 back-up vocals, keyboard, guitar, bass, percussion). Cast can be reduced to suit venue budgets.

Lighting - provided by company: NA

Lighting requirements - to be provided by venue:
Can be negotiated

Audio - provided by company:
Amplifiers for instruments

Audio Requirements - to be provided by venue:
A. Microphones 1.) 3 (Three) vocal mikes. 2.) Drum kit Microphone set up.
B. Direct Inputs 1.) 3 (three) direct input (D.I.) transformers for electric instruments: Bass, Guitar, Keyboard
C. Monitor speakers and mixes 1.) 5 (Five) monitor speakers are REQUIRED.
D. House PA System and miscellaneous equipment 1.) sound system adequate to cover venue and to accommodate stage configuration 2.) a minimum of one qualified engineer to run the sound system. Acoustic version can be arranged.

No. of additional lighting staff required from venue: 1

No. of additional sound staff required from venue: 1

No. multi-taskers required from venue: 0

Dressing rooms required: No

Marketing Collateral:
Professional poster/flyer artwork, photos, video content (trailer, show and testimonials), web content (website, social media, interviews, reviews)

Community Engagement:
This would depend on the needs of the local community, but here are a few ideas; writing and performance workshops; Q&A sessions and workshops on mental health. - If we get the full band out we could also have a concert following the show.

Target Market:
The aim of Audiotherapy is to make the subject of mental illness relatable to people who have experienced it and understandable to those who haven't.

Notable audiences:
• People struggling with mental health issues, as well as their friends, family and carers
• People working in education, social work and health care
• Year 11-12 students (it might be too confronting for younger ones

Contact Email: sunmi.clyburn@gmail.com


Reviews

"Clyburn represents a beacon of hope for those struggling in the darkness. By expressing the things society so often wants to submerge, she’s found a way to conduct her own form of therapy in public view – a courageous and touching way to recreate, take back power and lead by example. A goddess of hope through adversity, her show is extremely powerful; possibly life changing."

Xpress Magazine, 2019

"In Audiotherapy, the multi-talented Sun-Mi Clyburn brings her battle with chronic depression to life with unflinching honesty and remarkable musicianship. Clyburn’s purpose here is to leave her audience with a deeper and more intimate understanding of depression, and in this regard Audiotherapy is an unqualified success."

Fringe Feed 2019

Written By

Sun-Mi Clyburn

Artform

Storytelling and live music