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youtu.be/s0cNQEX3IEQ Tonight on Australian Story at 8pm on ABC TV a tribute to Rory ODonoghue. When the Aunty Jack Show burst onto our TV screens in the early 1970s, it revolutionised Australian comedy with its surreal and outlandish sketches. Rory ODonoghue, best known as Thin Arthur, was one of the stars of the show, singing the theme song Farewell Aunty Jack and dazzling audiences with his musical talent.

Adored for his affable and charming nature, he played Peter in Jesus Christ Superstar, performed in multiple TV and stage productions, and composed music for film and television. But behind the scenes Rory ODonoghue was living with a crippling secret which family and friends have now decided to share. He hid it from me and from his family.

Here was the most charming person with 57 masks, says Grahame Bond, who played Aunty Jack and worked with Rory for 50 years. Daughter Jessica ODonoghue recalls a particularly troubling encounter with her father. I was in year eight and he approached me and asked me, Are you the devil? And that was the first time I thought I dont know this part of you.

Rory ODonoghue was eventually diagnosed with schizo-affective and bi-polar disorder. For his four children, the silence surrounding their fathers illness was as troubling as the illness itself. It was this real sense of lets pretend its not happening.

It was too confronting, says Jessica ODonoghue. At the end of 2017, Rory ODonoghue was admitted to a Sydney hospital with severe depression. Hours after his first electroconvulsive therapy treatment he took his life.

By speaking out, Rorys family hopes to trigger a vital conversation. When it comes to complex mental health issues like Dads, there is still a sense of shame and stigma which can stop people reaching out something we as a family feel passionate about changing. youtu.be/s0cNQEX3IEQ Tonight on Australian Story at 8pm on ABC TV a tribute to Rory ODonoghue.

When the Aunty Jack Show burst onto our TV screens in the early 1970s, it revolutionised Australian comedy with its surreal and outlandish sketches. Rory ODonoghue, best known as Thin Arthur, was one of the stars of the show, singing the theme song Farewell Aunty Jack and dazzling audiences with his musical talent. Adored for his affable and charming nature, he played Peter in Jesus Christ Superstar, performed in multiple TV and stage productions, and composed music for film and television.

But behind the scenes Rory ODonoghue was living with a crippling secret which family and friends have now decided to share. He hid it from me and from his family. Here was the most charming person with 57 masks, says Grahame Bond, who played Aunty Jack and worked with Rory for 50 years.

Daughter Jessica ODonoghue recalls a particularly troubling encounter with her father. I was in year eight and he approached me and asked me, Are you the devil? And that was the first time I thought I dont know this part of you. Rory ODonoghue was eventually diagnosed with schizo-affective and bi-polar disorder.

For his four children, the silence surrounding their fathers illness was as troubling as the illness itself. It was this real sense of lets pretend its not happening. It was too confronting, says Jessica ODonoghue.

At the end of 2017, Rory ODonoghue was admitted to a Sydney hospital with severe depression. Hours after his first electroconvulsive therapy treatment he took his life. By speaking out, Rorys family hopes to trigger a vital conversation.

When it comes to complex mental health issues like Dads, there is still a sense of shame and stigma which can stop people reaching out something we as a family feel passionate about changing.

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