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A Super Happy Story (About Feeling Super Sad) review at Pleasance Courtyard, Edinburgh – ‘big-hearted musical’

A Super Happy Story (About Feeling Super Sad) is a pretty accurate title.

Silent Uproar’s cabaret musical – penned by Rotterdam author Jon Brittain and jauntily scored by Frisky and Mannish’s Matthew Floyd Jones – frankly and funnily tells the moving story of one young woman’s fight with depression, blending a relentless chirpiness with a heartfelt, occasionally hard-to-watch honesty.

It might sound irritating, but it’s not. As the three-strong cast – Madeleine MacMahon as the struggling Sally, Sophie Clay and Ed Yelland multi-roling excellently as various caricatures – briskly marches through the chapters of Sally’s life, from her first twinges of anxiety to her attempt to commit suicide, it exudes a compassionate warmth that puts a smile on your face and a tear in your eye.

It’s not a true story, but it easily could be. It’s accurate, informed by interviews with depression sufferers and, despite all the saccharine sweetness, refuses to sugar the pill. And that matters. This is a show that feels thoroughly genuine. It hugs you close. It’s there for you.

Verdict
Silent Uproar's big-hearted cabaret musical about depression puts a smile on your face and a tear in your eye

Production Information

Production
A Super Happy Story (About Feeling Super Sad)
Venue
Pleasance Courtyard
City
Edinburgh
Starts
August 2, 2017
Ends
August 28, 2017
Authors
Jon Brittain
Director
Alex Mitchell
Musical director
Matthew Floyd Jones
Choreographer
Jon Beney
Set
Alex Brook
Lighting
Adam Foley
Sound
Ed Clarke
Costume
Natalie Young
Stage manager
Jon Calvert
Cast includes
Madeleine MacMahon, Sophie Clay, Ed Yelland
Running time
1hr