Special thanks to John McRae for the amazing image.
"A delightful, energetic and warm ride that’s brimming with charm. Naturally this show will appeal to lovers of theatre, music and sport but it’s ultimately an inspirational show about life."
"He is a born performer who soon has the audience eating out of his hand. He also has a fine voice and displays his talent – and early influences – on what has become his trademark ukulele."
"Articulate, charming, funny, refreshingly honest and always in the moment, Mitcham was completely at home in front of the audience"
"Mitcham has a gift for storytelling and a flair for drama. He gravitates naturally to humour when telling his story. It's really fun."
On the 23 August 2008, a young Australian athlete made Olympic history. Coming from 30 points behind, and on his final dive, he scored 112.10 to shock himself and the diving world and rob the Chinese of a full sweep of Olympic diving gold medals.
On that day Matthew Mitcham OAM became Australia's first male diving Olympic gold medallist since 1924, and the only diver ever in Olympic history, to produce a perfect 10 point score from all judges – winning the 2008 Beijing Olympics 10m platform title.
Grinning with pride from front pages around the world, there was no hint of the personal demons that had led this supremely talented young dynamo to quit diving less than two years before his famous win at Beijing.
Joyously out and proud as an openly gay man, Matthew was a role model for his courage both in and out of the pool. Yet the crippling self-doubt and shadow of depression that had plagued him all his life forced him into premature retirement, at one point reduced to circus diving to earn money.
Even after Beijing and being ranked No 1 in the world, those closest to Matthew could not guess that beneath that cheeky, fun-loving, exterior he was painfully aware of how easily it could unravel.
Matthew released his autobiography Twists and Turns, which reveals a life behind the international spotlight that has been plagued by low self-esteem, anxiety and depression, panic attacks and repeated self-harm as a teenager, leading on to drug abuse.
Based on his book, and told with the honesty and courage he is admired for, this live production of Up Close and Personal is an inspiring story of a true champion – in and out of the pool.
Away from the diving pool Matthew is a talented singer and musician, who invites you to share the highs and lows of his incredible life through theatre and song, along with a few surprises, a bit of foot tapping and loads of inspiration, in his first solo show.
Up Close and Personal was created by Matthew, award winning director Nigel Turner-Carroll and under the musical direction of Andrew Bevis. Matthew is joined by Matthew Ogle at the piano for Up Close and Personal.