Kate Aschoff Productions
Artist and activist, Kate Aschoff, has experienced depression since they were 14. Here Kate will present stories and experiences from the last 20 years of their life. We're hoping this adventure will end up taking them somewhere that feels home and we that hope you'll come too.
What is the story behind the story?
Adventures with depression has been in the making since 2014. Before I considered myself a poet or performer. Before I even knew I had depression. Before I'd come out. Before anything. 2014 marked a lot of endings for me but it also marked a whole lot of beginnings.
I've been creating content around my depression and mental illness for years now. Photography, poems, drawing, videos, prose. I'm still exploring this sickness and illness in as many ways and art forms as I can. For me, expressing and talking about these experiences is the most healing thing I could possibly do. I'm in charge of my own story and am able to create the opportunity for myself to share things I don't know how to put into words. It helps heal me and helps others understand and identify our shared connections and experiences, being able to have other people see their own stories in my art is the most rewarding thing. Storytelling is a powerful thing and I have so many of them to tell.
About the artist
Kate Aschoff is a 20 year old, queer artist and social advocate from Poneke, Aotearoa. They have been performing since high school, writing poetry since they were 13, and been sad for almost as long as they can remember. Kate is very active in the Wellington LGBTQIA+ community and works with youth especially. They makes zines, write for Salient magazine, eat a lot of hummus, attend weekly therapy, love Grey's Anatomy and have a lot of opinions. Kate is incredibly nervous/excited about 'Adventures in depression' - this will be their first Fringe show and their first solo performance.
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