Finishing the festival with a bang, David Parkin will be performing his achingly beautiful piece Good Friday: The Clinical Depression Concept Album Show(™) at South Street.
In 2009, David Parkin suffered from clinical depression. As he recovered he taught himself how to play the piano and found himself writing an album about his breakdown. Taking to the stage with two talented multi-instrumentalists and direction from New Art Club’s Pete Shenton, David presents the album in his own inimitable, charismatic way. Chatting between songs he tells us of the breakdown and of the love affair between man and piano that blossomed as he wrote the album. Expect beautiful music, scary music, funny music, a bass, a knife, a glockenspiel, the stars at night, two cellos and a black dog.
Premiered as part of the 2012 SPILL National Platform, Good Friday is both heart breaking and thrillingly joyful. You might not think an hour (ish) long concept album about depression would be funny, but believe us: it is. But it can also provoke a deeply emotional response from its audience. Bring tissues. For the sad tears, and the happy laugh-until-you-cry tears.
Don’t just take our word for it. As Total Theatre said:
“The songs are haunting and enveloping. They are easy to listen to, which might fool you into a false sense of security, for like depression itself, the deep dark grit is smouldering within. Simple, direct, honest and brave; there is a real sense that Parkin’s road to recovery hasn’t ended yet, but he’s getting there.”
To whet your appetite, check out David’s song Killing Spree: a silly, funny song about homicidal leanings by clicking here.
And if that tickled your fancy, try this one: Tonight The Stars “I look at the stars and realise I don’t want to die.” David Parkin.