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Matthew Mitcham - Twists & Turns

Canberra Debut


“…a delightful, energetic and warm ride that’s brimming with charm…pure gold"  (ArtsHub)


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. 

Surprising audiences with actual talent and a lovely voice Matthew burst onto the cabaret scene in 2014 with Twists & Turns which in the same year won Best Cabaret (Perth Fringeworld). 

“Matthew Mitcham…gives an audience plenty of crash-and-burn stories and leaves them cheering for him to succeed.” Kate Herbert (Herald Sun)

Based on his autobiography of the same name, and told with the honesty and courage he is admired for, this acoustic, live production of Twists & Turns is an inspiring story of a true champion – in and out of the pool. In it Mitcham shares stories about his unorthodox upbringing, his history of depression and addiction, and his perceived inability to “adult" with refreshing candour and his trademark effervescence.

Joining Matthew in this very special, intimate Canberra first performance is pianist Matthew Ogle. 25 year old Ogle is currently recording his first EP and has been teaching at the renowned Brent Street School since 2012. In addition to accompanying Mitcham he has played for his neighbours at 2am and had them yell at him to shut up from their window.

Twists & Turns was created by Matthew, award winning director Nigel Turner-Carroll and international cabaret sensation Spanky (aka Rhys Morgan) under the musical direction of Jeremy Brennan of Jersey Boys fame, guided by the expert team behind the Melbourne Cabaret Festival.


Tickets: $95 (includes a two course dinner, glass of wine and performance)

Doors open 6:30pm
Performance at 8pm (approximately 45minutes, no interval)

Owing to restaurant layout please note that some guests may be seated at a communal table. For groups of 6-10 please contact us directly. If booking separately from friends but you wish to be seated together, please contact us before the event. Tables will be allocated on a first come, first served basis.

Please contact us if you have any specific dietary requirements.



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