- From: October 10, 2020
- To: October 10, 2020
- Starting at: 10:00 AM
- Finishing at: 01:00 PM
- The Old Fire Station
- 2a Norwood High Street
- SE27 9NS
- United Kingdom
A Super Happy Story (About Feeling Super Sad)
by Jon Brittain
Director: Mark Ireson
Performances: November 24-29, 2020
First rehearsal: TBC, then Tuesday/Friday evenings and Sunday 5-8pm
In these times what we need is a fun, silly and sad show … about depression! With songs! This fast-paced, cabaret-style musical comedy for a cast of three [2F, 1M] mixes storytelling, live music and sketch comedy, and doesn’t pull any punches with the subject matter. Over the course of six chapters spanning a decade, we see Sally in denial of the ‘d’-word before she finally seeks help from support groups and medication. But when things are looking up, she hits rock bottom, where she’s forced to begin the course of recovery once more. Despite what it sounds like, the show is heartbreaking and joyful in equal parts, and the audience leaves with a tear in the eye and a lump in the throat. A review of the Fringe First-winning Edinburgh production from 2017 said: “Where Brittain (Rotterdam) and Floyd Jones’s (Frisky & Mannish) enrapturing musical comes into its own is in the clever handling of its sensitive subject. It refuses to gloss over the gut-wrenching destruction of Sally’s all-encompassing sadness, nor does it ever let its audience get bogged down with it. Every time the material seems to reach peak heartache, Sally bounces back with her life-affirming optimism.”
One actor plays Sally throughout, and the 16 remaining parts are shared between the two ensemble members. There are plenty of instant changes of character with minimal costume changes, so versatile actors are needed who are capable of creating loads of easily differentiated characters. You’ll need to be able to hold a tune, but not necessarily musical theatre perfection – enthusiasm and versatility are most important.
If you want to audition, please email Mark Ireson on the link below to reserve a slot and he will send you some audition pieces. If you cannot make that time, please contact him to discuss.