Up Close and Personal

By Matthew Mitcham

On the 23rd of 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.

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Creative team

Director: Nigel Turner-Carroll
Musical Director: of Andrew Bevis.


Matthew Mitcham
Matthew Ogle at the piano.

Dates & Times

Saturday the 27th of October at 7pm.

Ticket Details

All tickets are $37.50

Or see Up Close and Personal at 7pm followed by Margaret Fulton: Queen of the Dessert for $69 and concession $64.

Our Sponsors

Thanks to our sponsors: Steven Zoellner Laing & Simmons Double Bay and Bondi Beach.

This season is dedicated to the memory of Ellis Reuben.