Arts and Culture

Andi’s Life Happily Going ‘Wrong’

Posted on: Sun 14 Mar 2021

After getting bitten by a tick while hiking around New Zealand in 2014, Andi Snelling, who is a multi-award-winning performer, writer and theatre-maker from Victoria was diagnosed with Lyme disease, which flipped her whole preconceived sense of mortality, fate and resilience upside-down.

Happy-Go-Wrong blends all of Snelling’s performative styles – clowning, storytelling, physical theatre and roller skating into one single-handed visceral odyssey, but with a twist. Bringing along her unflinching honesty and gut-punching humour to the Bakehouse Theatre for the Adelaide Fringe Festival, Snelling retraces how the ‘greatest accident’ of her life shifted her whole perspective on human mortality, survival and adversity, while orchestrating her own rescue – as a roller-skating, philosophical French angel to depict her painful struggles and related complications aligned with being chronically ill.

Snelling spoke to De-Stigmatised‘s Jarad McLoughlin on why shining a light on her experiences with having an invisible disability is invaluable in learning how to coexist with it.

Produced by Jarad McLoughlin

Photo credit: Darren Gill

Jarad McLoughlin

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