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INSIDE THE CENTRE: A super, happy, musical look at depression

By Spalding Today Columnist

Perhaps you wouldn’t ordinarily consider the subject of depression to be a promising subject for an uplifting musical, but we would urge you to think again when Silent Uproar’s A Super Happy Story (About Feeling Super Sad) appears at the South Holland Centre next month as part of a big national tour.

Written by Olivier award winner Jon Brittain and with music by Matthew Floyd Jones, this hilarious cabaret musical explains, sings and throws glitter at how it’s OK not to be OK.

The central character Sally is a happy person. She doesn’t let things get her down and almost never cries. But she’s got an illness. And sometimes it makes her feel like she is not the person she wants to be.

A Super Happy Story coming to South Holand Centre (10994097)
A Super Happy Story coming to South Holand Centre (10994097)

So why choose the subject of depression for a jolly musical?

During a recent interview on BBC Radio’s All in the Mind, Hull-based director Alex Mitchell explained how he wanted to open up a conversation about the mental health issues he saw in his own community.

He set about making a happy story drawn from honest experiences and after embarking on a huge research trip talking to mental health professionals, charities and individuals, A Super Happy Story (About Feeling Super Sad) was born.

The result is a joyful, buoyant, slightly silly sugar coated and completely super happy show (‘except for the bits about depression’), which swept the board with five star reviews at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival in 2017.

A Super Happy Story coming to South Holand Centre (10994099)
A Super Happy Story coming to South Holand Centre (10994099)

This production is fully accessible with subtitles and audio description available direct to your mobile phone. Catch it if you can at the South Holland Centre on Thursday, June 13 at 7.30pm.

Tickets are £12.50, £10 concessions and just £5 for under 26s.


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