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Next to Normal – life in the family trenches

Husband and wife Dan (Richard Neame) and Diane( Emma Leon) share a rare moment of calm in Next to Normal.

Every so often, a show comes along that rocks your socks off. Last night I attended a performance by the Auckland Music Theatre of the musical Next to Normal as a fundraiser for the Matt Skellern Bipolar Trust. The trust was set up after Matt took his own life two years ago after struggling with bipolar disorder. Matt’s father Graham and sister Emma established the trust with the hope of inspiring and finding effective support for people with bipolar disorder, and to increase public awareness and reduce the associated stigma.

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