A Super Happy Story (About Feeling Super Sad) the multi award-winning cabaret musical about depression will have an extended London run at The Vaults 1 April – 3 May, after a sold-out Edinburgh Festival Fringe run, a successful national tour and a critically acclaimed stint at Vaults Festival.
Written by writer for Netflix’s The Crown and Olivier award winner Jon Brittain (Rotterdam, Margaret Thatcher Queen of Soho) with music by Matthew Floyd Jones (Frisky and Mannish), the show is a joyful, buoyant, gleeful, slightly silly, sugar coated, unrelenting and completely super happy show. Except for all the bits about depression.
Super Happy Story… follows Sally’s struggles with depression, her initial recovery, and the pitfalls of living with a mental illness – all while aiming to dispel the myth that depression means nothing but constant sadness. It was inspired by the company’s personal experiences and informed by people living with mental health problems and medical professionals. The team spent a year researching for the show, interviewing 50 people living with depression, speaking to psychiatrists, the NHS, mental health nurses, representatives from the charity Mind and psychologists.
The show not only won Best Musical Award and the Fringe First Award at Edinburgh Fringe 2017 but was also shortlisted for the Mental Health Foundation’s first ever Mental Health Fringe Award.
In addition to the cast and crew having had mental health awareness training from Mind UK, mental health volunteers, including from Rethink Mental Illness and Lambeth and Southwark Mind, will on hand after as many performances as possible to signpost anybody affected by issues in the show to help available.
The first two performances and every Tuesday performance is Pay What You Decide. These tickets can be booked free of charge, however you are asked to make an optional donation at the end of the show.
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