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The Funny But True Story Of A Life Performed With Tourettes

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The Funny But True Story Of A Life Performed With Tourettes

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Paul Barrett in TIC TIC

Well known NZ performer Paul Barrett shares his firsthand experience of a lifetime with Tourette syndrome in an outrageous and entertaining evening of musical satire with the premiere of his solo show - TIC TIC, playing at Limelight Laugh Lounge from May 4 -8.

Drawing on his vast experience as a professional actor, singer and musical director Barrett singlehandedly plays a cast of dozens to tell the story of his life. Determined to build a successful career in the entertainment industry Barrett reveals how he coped with the intense demands of public performance in spite of the many vocal and physical tics that are part of his syndrome.

Written by award- winning playwright Michelanne Forster, and Paul Barrett and directed by the accomplished Jennifer Ward-Lealand , TIC TIC unashamedly presents the wildly funny side of tourette's, while giving audiences insight into this often misunderstood syndrome.

TIC TIC was part-funded by a 2009 New Zealand Mental Health Media Grant - proudly supported by the Like Minds, Like Mine programme and the Mental Health Foundation of New Zealand. Judi Clements, Chief Executive of the Mental Health Foundation says, "TIC TIC is an exciting project, because it will draw people into a world they are unlikely to be familiar with, and in an entertaining way that will leave them with a new perspective on the issues and challenges associated with Tourette syndrome."

Although Paul Barrett has appeared in over 100 professional theatre productions, played numerous roles on television and has a wealth experience as a musical director he finds his TIC TIC performance the 'most challenging of his career'.

The genus for TIC TIC came out of a chance conversation with his dear friend and colleague Michelanne Forster in 2008. Forster was surprised to learn that Paul had Tourette syndrome and encouraged him to work with her on recording a series of conversations about his life. The transcriptions of which provided the starting point for the script.

Forster's prize-winning plays been performed professionally throughout New Zealand and in Australia, Canada and the United States. Her play include, My Heart is Bathed in Blood, This Other Eden, The Rosenberg Sisters, Larnach, and Daughters of Heaven and The Great Storm of 1868. She has also written scripts for Television New Zealand, TV3, Radio New Zealand and The Learning Channel (USA).


TIC TIC is part of the NZ International Comedy Festival and plays:

Where: Limelight Laugh Lounge (Aotea Centre, The Edge)

When: 8.30pm. Tue 04 May - Sat 08 May 2010

Tickets: $20- $25. Plus applicable booking fees

Bookings: 0800BUYTICKETS or

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