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Musical comedy supported by Barnsley Samaritans throws glitter at depression

The Barnsley Samaritans will back an award winning musical comedy about depression which is coming to The Civic this weekend (Saturday 9 February).

A Super Happy Story (About Feeling Super Sad) by Yorkshire based Silent Uproar, is influenced by the company’s personal experiences and has been informed by people living with mental health problems and medical professionals.

After the show, in addition to the cast and crew being able to talk to people affected by any of the issues in the show, volunteers from Barnsley Samaritans will be on hand to answer questions about how the Samaritans service can provide confidential emotional support for people experiencing feelings of distress and despair, including those which may lead to suicide.

The Directors from Barnsley Samaritans, said: Approximately one in four people in the UK will experience a mental health problem each year, yet too often people are afraid to talk about their experiences because they fear it will affect their jobs or relationships.

The arts can be an incredibly powerful way to understand what mental illness is and how it can affect people. Having these all important conversations about mental health can help break down stereotypes and take the taboo out of something that can affect all of us.”

To create the show the Silent Uproar team spent a year researching for the show, interviewing 50 people living with depression, speaking to psychiatrists, the NHS, mental health nurses, Mind charity and psychologists. The cast and crew have also had mental health awareness training from Hull and East Yorkshire Mind, organised by NHS Hull Clinical Commissioning Group.

Written by 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.

Alex Mitchell, Artistic Director of Silent Uproar, said: "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.”

The show was shortlisted for the Mental Health Foundation’s first ever Mental Health Fringe Award at Edinburgh Fringe in 2017.

Andrew Eaton-Lewis, arts lead for the Mental Health Foundation, added: “The arts are an incredibly powerful way to talk about mental health – to share experiences, tell stories, reduce stigma, and change minds. If you can turn a set of challenging and often distressing symptoms into a relatable human story, you can have a huge impact, personally, culturally and sometimes politically.”

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.

A Super Happy Story (About Feeling Super Sad) is on at The Civic, Barnsley on Saturday 9 February at 7:30pm.

Tickets are £12, £10 concession and £8 child

Recommended for 14+

For more information and to book these events and more visit www.barnsleycivic.co.uk or call the Box Office on 01226 327000.