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Have you ever had your boyfriend watch you pee into a bottle?

Josh Belperio has. Back from a sold-out fringe season, Josh tells the story of his bike accident, heralded by Andrew Bolt ‘man falls off bike, becomes star’. With original songs, witness Josh surgically dissect his hospital trauma ‘while leaving the audience in stitches’ – Scenestr.

Scarred For Life premiered at the 2017 Adelaide Cabaret Fringe Festival to sold-out audiences and unanimously positive reviews.

The 2018 Adelaide Fringe season received positive reviews and a Fringe Award. 

In his first national tour, Josh Belperio will be riding his little red bike to Chapel Off Chapel in August to present a double bill with Melbourne musicians Damon Smith and Adam Coad. For more information, and to book tickets, head to chapeloffchapel.

Here is what critics had to say:

Here is what audience members had to say:

...a highly entertaining and poignant reminder of life's fragility and love's power, told with great tenderness and wicked humour.”

— Pat Rix, CEO Tutti Arts

I've never teared up in a show as much as this one.”

— Hew Wagner, Freelance Classical Singer

... some great comical moments but also highlighted we should take every chance we're given and enjoy every moment.”

— Paul R. Brand, Moodle Administrator at Heathfield High School

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  • Carla M.

    Carla M. Adelaide

    Stop the press!!! A must see show has arrived at the Adelaide Fringe. Josh takes you on a vulnerable, honest and hilarious ride. From the original songs to the beautiful relationship he creates instantly with the audience, Josh’s show is not to be missed. You can feel his authenticity in every millisecond of his story, yes obviously it’s his story… but at no time was he just running lines. Seeing the humour in the darkness is something Josh does so very well. If you want to see a show that touches your soul and makes you reflect on your own life and how you live it.. GO SEE SCARRED FOR LIFE. You’ll be sorry if you miss it.

    Stop the press!!! A must see show has arrived at the Adelaide Fringe.
    Josh takes you on a vulnerable, honest and hilarious ride. From the original songs to the beautiful relationship he creates instantly with the audience, Josh’s show is not to be missed.
    You can feel his authenticity in every millisecond of his story, yes obviously it’s his story… but at no time was he just running lines. Seeing the humour in the darkness is something Josh does so very well.
    If you want to see a show that touches your soul and makes you reflect on your own life and how you live it.. GO SEE SCARRED FOR LIFE. You’ll be sorry if you miss it.

  • Conrad H.

    Conrad H. Adelaide

    What a delightful story of life and love, of how both fortune and misfortune leave permanent marks, and of conquering fears. Josh Belperio takes a near-death experience and turns it into a show. He has a great voice and stage presence, and his music and lyrics are terrific. It was also an opportunity to see something in an otherwise underused but historic venue; we gather there was a late venue change so props to the team for getting the Queens Theatre up and running (but please try to start on time, folks), It premiered at the Cabaret Fringe last year and is well deserving of the five star reviews it received then. One that you must add to your Fringe calendar.

    What a delightful story of life and love, of how both fortune and misfortune leave permanent marks, and of conquering fears. Josh Belperio takes a near-death experience and turns it into a show. He has a great voice and stage presence, and his music and lyrics are terrific.

    It was also an opportunity to see something in an otherwise underused but historic venue; we gather there was a late venue change so props to the team for getting the Queens Theatre up and running (but please try to start on time, folks),

    It premiered at the Cabaret Fringe last year and is well deserving of the five star reviews it received then. One that you must add to your Fringe calendar.

  • Tracy Crisp

    Tracy Crisp Adelaide

    We laughed a lot. His music was stunning. The insights he shared about what it means to be human were deeply-felt and honest: the blurring of the physical and the emotional experiences of pain; the fine line between life and death.

    We laughed a lot. His music was stunning. The insights he shared about what it means to be human were deeply-felt and honest: the blurring of the physical and the emotional experiences of pain; the fine line between life and death.

  • Susan Redden Former ABC TV Broadcast Specialist

    Susan Redden Former ABC TV Broadcast Specialist Athelstone

    A stunning piece of immersive story-telling told with heart, honesty, vulnerability and humour. The original piano score by Josh Belperio created moments in this seamlessly directed production that stayed with me long after the perfect ending.

    A stunning piece of immersive story-telling told with heart, honesty, vulnerability and humour. The original piano score by Josh Belperio created moments in this seamlessly directed production that stayed with me long after the perfect ending.

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