Award-Winning Musical About Depression Comes to Halifax as part of Mental Health Awareness Week

 Award-winning Hull-based theatre company Silent Uproar is taking its critically acclaimed musical cabaret about depression on tour after wowing crowds and critics alike at last year’s Edinburgh Fringe.

 

Silent Uproar presents A Super Happy Story (About Feeling Super Sad) at Square Chapel Arts Centre, Halifax on Friday 12 October, 8pm.

 

Written by Olivier award winner Jon Brittain (Rotterdam, Margaret Thatcher Queen of Soho) with music by Matthew Floyd Jones (Frisky and Mannish), prepare to laugh, cry and even get a song or two stuck in your head.

 

Influenced by the company’s personal experiences and informed by interviews with people living with mental health problems and medical professionals, it’s a joyful, buoyant, gleeful, slightly silly, sugar coated, unrelenting and completely super happy show! Except for all the bits about depression.

 

The show is supported by NHS Hull Clinical Commissioning Group, which has not only funded the performances at the University of Hull to raise awareness of mental health issues among students, but also arranged for the cast and crew to have mental health awareness training via Hull and East Yorkshire MIND. Silent Uproar is also hoping to have mental healthcare professionals at each performance. The idea is that if anybody is affected by the issues in the show, they will be able to talk to somebody afterwards.

 

Alex Mitchell, Artistic Director of Silent Uproar said: “We wanted to make a show that was entertaining, accessible and discussed depression without being a depressing show. From suffering with anxiety and bouts of depression, and seeing friends and loved ones suffer, I wanted something that said ‘do you know what it doesn’t matter if you feel sh*t today, it’s okay not to be okay. And most of all it’s okay to talk about it because the talking helps’.”

 

Silent Uproar have decided to encourage audiences to ‘Pay What You Decide’ across this tour. Although commonly used by some venues, this is thought to be the first time a theatre company has used it across a tour. It is hoped the ‘try before you buy’ model adopted by the likes of Netflix, will attract new and more diverse audiences and more venues across the country will use it as a tool to develop audiences who might not currently think theatre is for them.

 

Dan Roper, Chair of NHS Hull Clinical Commissioning Group, said: “Approximately one in four people in the UK will experience a mental health problem each year and worries about things like money, jobs and benefits can make it harder for people to cope. 

 

There is a growing body of research evidencing the positive role of the arts on health and wellbeing. We also know there is a strong link between poverty and mental health, yet low income can be a barrier to accessing the arts. By allowing audience members to pay what they can afford, this barrier is being removed, in effect putting them in control of their own social prescription.

 

“This particular show has the added benefit of being informed by healthcare professionals, and there will be a team of volunteers from Hull and East Yorkshire MIND available after performances to talk to people affected by any of the issues in the show, and to be able to signpost them to help available.”

 

The comedic and production style of the show draws from sources as diverse as Scott Pilgrim vs The World, Pixar’s Inside Out, Juno, and musicals like Cabaret and Chicago.

 

Silent Uproar is a Hull-based new writing company, commissioning writers to create playful and provocative work to help make the world a little less shit.

 

Co-produced by Hull UK City of Culture 2017, the tour has been made possible with the support of Arts Council England, house touring network, Hull City Council, New Diorama Theatre, Hull NHS Clinical Commissioning Group and Hull Truck Theatre.

 

The show, which won the Fringe First Award and Best Musical Award at last year’s Edinburgh Fringe, the tour will take in 38 performances across 27 venues, ending in Derby on 3 November.

 

Tickets are available from: www.squarechapel.co.uk/whats-on/a-super-happy-story-about-feeling-super-sad,

For more information, go to www.silentuproarproductions.co.uk.

 

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Listings Info

A Super Happy Story (About Feeling Super Sad)

Produced by Silent Uproar

Written by Jon Brittain

Music by Matthew Floyd Jones

Touring nationally: 13 September – 3 November 2018

 

13 September
Aldeburgh, High Tide Festival
6 October
Bordon, Phoenix Theatre
14 – 15 September
Hull, Hull Truck Theatre
8 – 9 October
Hounslow, The Arts Centre
18 September
Chipping Norton, The Theatre
10 October
Doncaster, CAST
20 September
Ipswich, New Wolsey Theatre
11 October
Bedford, Quarry Theatre
22 September
Norwich, Norwich Playhouse
12 October
Halifax, Square Chapel Arts Centre
25 September
Maidenhead, Norden Farm Centre for the Arts
13 October
Goole, Junction
26 September
Reading, South Street Arts Centre
16 October
Hereford, The Courtyard
27 September
London, ArtsDepot
17-20 October
Salford Quays, The Lowry
28 – 29 September
Canterbury, The Marlowe Studio
23 – 24 October
Lancaster, The Dukes
30 September
Gravesend, The Woodville
25 – 27 October
Glasgow, Tron Theatre
2 October
Petersfield, Bedales Theatre
30 – 31 October
York, York Theatre Royal
3 October
Havant, The Spring
1 – 2 November
Hull, Gulbenkian Centre, Hull University
4 October
Hertford, Hertford Theatre
3 November
Derby, Derby Theatre
5 October
Aldershot, West End Centre

 

 

Pay What You Decide venues and dates:

12 October: Halifax Square Chapel

17 October: The Lowry, Salford

25 October: Tron Theatre, Glasgow

1-2 November: University of Hull

 

 

Reviews:

★ ★ ★ ★ ★

‘You’ll be hard-pushed to find a better musical at this year’s Fringe’

What’s On Stage 

 

★ ★ ★ ★ ★

‘This is a hilarious, uplifting and insightful show, perfect for anyone who’s met the black dog, or knows someone who has.’

Three Weeks 
★ ★ ★ ★ ★

‘This show certainly meets the Silent Uproar company brief of commissioning writers, in this case Jon Brittain, to create playful and provocative work to help make the world a little less crappy.’

Musical Theatre Review 

 

★ ★ ★ ★ ★

A Super Happy Story is as good as it gets in Edinburgh’

British Theatre Guide 

 

★ ★ ★ ★ ★

‘This will be one of the shows of the Fringe, and rightly so’

Theatre Bubble

 

★ ★ ★ ★ ★

Transformative and transcendent’

Miro Magazine 

 

★ ★ ★ ★½

‘Depression is a tricky subject to tackle at the fringe as not even the most avid theatregoer is often looking for an hour long power punch to the gut. This show however delivered on every level’

The To Do List 

 

★ ★ ★ ★

‘What A Super Happy Story captures quite brilliantly is the way depression strikes regardless of how happy the circumstances… a drama of rich extremes.’

Scotsman 

 

★ ★ ★ ★

‘Could leave the most stoical theatre goer a quivering jelly on the floor’

The List 

 

★ ★ ★ ★

‘Truly Excellent’

The Spy in the Stalls 

 

★ ★ ★ ★

‘Humour that’s as warm as a hug’

Fest 

 

★ ★ ★ ★

‘This is a show that feels thoroughly genuine. It hugs you close. It’s there for you’

The Stage 

 

★ ★ ★ ★

‘Fun, silly and sad in equal measure, with the catchy songs on offer a delight’

Scottish Daily Mail 

 

‘Undoubtedly the most uplifting show about depression since Every Brilliant Thing.’

The Guardian 

 

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