A Super Happy Story (about Feeling Super Sad)

Friday 22 March 2019

Musicals - Off-West End

This multi award-winning cabaret musical about depression will get an extended London run after a sold-out Edinburgh Festival Fringe run, a successful national tour and a critically acclaimed stint at Vault Festival.
A Super Happy Story (about Feeling Super Sad)

Image: The Vaults

Inspired by the company's personal experiences and informed by people living with mental health problems as well as medical professionals, A Super Happy Story (about Feeling Super Sad) 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.

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), A Super Happy Story (about Feeling Super Sad) is a joyful, buoyant, gleeful, slightly silly, sugar coated, unrelenting and completely super happy show .... except for all the bits about depression!

A Super Happy Story (about Feeling Super Sad) will be at The Vaults from 1 April to 3 May 2019.

Here's the trailer ...

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.

A Super Happy Story 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 be on hand after as many performances as possible to signpost anybody affected by issues in the show to help available.

Jon Brittain said ...

"I think theatre can be really important in increasing empathy.

For people with a history of suffering from the illness, it will hopefully be comforting to see someone else dealing with similar problems.

For people who haven't experienced depression, hopefully it can act as a window and help them be more understanding in the future."  

Alex Mitchell, Artistic Director of Silent Uproar, added ...

"We wanted to create something that challenged the notion that depression is just being a bit sad.

We wanted to create a fun show for people who are living with it, but also for their mate that doesn't really believe that depression is a thing."

Brian Dow, Deputy CEO and Director of External Affairs at Rethink Mental Illness, said ...

"One in four of us will experience problems with our mental health every year, but discussing it openly is still difficult for many.

Having conversations like this can make a big difference to many people, and the more we talk, the more lives we change for the better.

If you've no experience of it yourself, the arts can provide an accessible way into understanding the effects of mental illness.

It has the power to break down stereotypes and take the taboo out of something that can affect us all."

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 sh*t.

Co-produced by Hull UK City of Culture 2017, the production 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 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.


A hilarious cabaret musical about depression, that explains, sings, and throws glitter about how it's OK not to be OK.

Written by Olivier award winner Jon Brittain (Rotterdam and Margaret Thatcher Queen of Soho) with music by Matthew Floyd Jones (Frisky & Mannish).

It's a joyful, buoyant, gleeful, slightly silly, sugar coated, unrelenting and completely super happy show!

Except for all the bits about depression.


Madeleine MacMahon

Sophie Clay

Ed Yelland


Author: Jon Brittain
Composer: Matthew Floyd Jones
Director: Alex Mitchell
Designer: Amy Jane Cook
Musical direction: Matthew Floyd Jones
Lighting: Adam Foley
Sound: Ed Clarke
Movement: Jon Beney

Co-produced by Hull UK City of Culture, Tour co-presented with house 

with support from New Diorama Theatre, Hull City Council, Hull NHS CCG & Hull Truck Theatre. 


The Vaults
Leake Street


From: Tuesday 2 April 2019

Closes: Sunday 5 May 2019


Standard: £15

Concessions: £13

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