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Mental As Everything

Mental as Everything

7 July 2022  |  7:00 PM  |  Hobart Town Hall  |  $48 / $40  |  15+ event

A Raw, Honest, Funny and Necessary Cabaret that Explores the Multifaceted Nature of Mental Illness

Mental As Everything is an original cabaret show by Melbourne-based writer, musician and performer, Damon Smith. In this two-man cabaret show, Damon and his musical cohort, Adam Coad, will take the audience on a funny, but often awkward journey inside their own minds with hilarious onstage buffoonery and songs exploring their personal experiences with mental illness.  

 As a singer-songwriter, Damon has created a show that blends comedy and music alongside an honest and thought-provoking narrative. His diagnosis of both obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) and bipolar disorder have inspired Damon to develop transparency regarding his lived experience with these two, widely misunderstood disorders. 

 Damon is absurdly hilarious, musically brilliant and refreshingly honest with his mission to create awareness and speak his truth about living with OCD and bipolar disorder. 

 Mental As Everything is proudly produced and directed by award-winning producer and director Matthew Briggs of Under the Microscope, an Adelaide-based independent theatre company that aims to collaborate with emerging Australian artists to create innovative and intimate theatrical spaces. 

A funny and moving show that explores mental health in an accessible and honest way.

Damon Smith

Damon Smith is an award-winning composer, lyricist, music producer, writer, instrumentalist, filmmaker and performer living in Melbourne. ​Writing and creating with the frequency of the tides, Damon approaches his performances and writing with a wry and thought-provoking manner with loads of comedic absurdity and buffoonery thrown in. 

​As a musician, he has performed in theatres across Australia, composed a ballet and has released several original albums. Appearing as a session piano player on numerous recordings, Damon has also had his music featured on television, stage and in short films and has produced several records for local artists.  

After co- writing the critically acclaimed cabaret show, Sun Rising – The Songs That Made Memphis, Damon wrote his second stage production, Mental As Everything, which made its debut at the 2018 Adelaide Fringe with rave reviews. 


Adam Coad

Adam Coad is a Melbourne-based musician and educator. He writes, performs, produces and teaches music across a range of styles and instruments.  

Adam co-wrote and performs in the critically acclaimed comedy cabaret show, Mental As Everything. The show features original music and takes audiences on a heartfelt journey through the everyday highs and lows of living with a mental illness.  

“This show is a healing journey for the performers on stage and for those seated in the audience; an important work for our times.” – Scenestr 

 “With its wonderful balance of music, truth, and a message to share, Mental as Everything is simply necessary viewing.” – Tulpa Magazine 

 “Mental As Everything is fun, powerful and totally immersive. Don’t miss it.” – Stage Whispers 

Warnings: Potentially triggering content or themes, including mental health.  

Appropriate Age Range: 15 and over  




$48 individual ticket for table seating
$40 individual ticket for theatre seating

Book a table of 4 to save $20

Duration: 60 minutes

Accessibility Information

Getting to the venue 

  • The Hobart Town Hall is at 50 Macquarie St, Hobart TAS 7000 
  • A car park behind the Hobart Town Hall is available for drop offs, accessible from Elizabeth Street. Please see entryway to this carpark here. 
  • 2 accessible parking spaces are available in the Hobart Town Hall carpark, accessible from Elizabeth Street. Please see entryway to this carpark here. 
  • Please follow this link for a virtual tour of the Hobart town Hall. 


Assistive Listening: 

  • A Hearing Loop is available at this venue. The technology requires the listener to wear a receiver on a lanyard and to insert an earpiece. Please contact the festival if you require use of one of these devices as availability is limited. 


Guide Dogs and service animals are welcome at all FOV events. 


Guide Dogs and service animal facilities: 

  • Water bowls will be available at this event upon request. 

Trigger warnings:

  • Potentially triggering content or themes, including mental health. 
  • Moving lights are featured at this venue and may shine on the audience throughout the show.


Wheelchair Accessibility: 

  • For wheelchair bookings please contact the festival with specifications and dimensions of the wheelchair and any additional user requirements. 
  • The Hobart Town Hall Ballroom on Level 1 is accessible to wheelchair users via lift on the ground floor, located to the right of the staircase. The lift is also accessible via the rear carpark and requires interaction with an intercom to gain access. This carpark is accessible from Elizabeth Street. Please see entryway to this carpark here 
  • Accessible bathrooms are available on Ground Floor of the Hobart Town Hall only. 

COVID – 19 Information

Feeling unwell?
Please do not attend this event if you are feeling unwell. It is in the interest of all to stay at home if you have any flu or COVID-19 symptoms. Please review our COVID-19 Ticketing Terms and Conditions here if you are unable to attend for this reason. 

Face masks:
While face masks are not mandatory at any FOV events, you are more than welcome to choose to wear one. Free medical face masks will be available at this event venue entrance upon request. 

Physical Distancing:
This event is in a theatre-style seated venue with additional round cabaret tables. Please me mindful of physically distancing from others when moving through the foyer at the beginning and end of this event. 

Hand hygiene:
Sanitiser will be provided at this venue. Please use thoughtfully.