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Wed 17 October - Fri 19 October

Musical Rewrites: A Super Happy Story (About Feeling Sad)

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Musical Rewrites returns with this hilarious cabaret musical about depression that explains, sings, and throws glitter about how it’s OK not to be OK.

Sally’s a happy person. She doesn’t let little things get her down and almost never cries. But she’s got an illness. It makes her feel like she isn’t the person she wants to be, but she doesn’t want anyone to know about it.

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 the bits about depression.

Curtains up! Thursday and Friday’s performance of ‘A Super Happy Story’ will be accompanied by a curtain raiser of some brand-spanking new musical theatre performances.

  • Created by Olivier Award winner Jon Brittain
  • Music by Matthew Floyd Jones (Frisky & Mannish)
  • Co-produced by Hull UK City of Culture
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Post Show Talk | Fri 19 September

with Jon Brittain, writer of A Super Happy Story (About Feeling Sad)

Jon Brittain is a playwright, comedy writer and director. His critically acclaimed play Rotterdam premiered at Theatre503 in 2015 before transferring to Trafalgar Studios where it earned him a nomination for the Charles Wintour Award for Most Promising Playwright at the Evening Standard Theatre Awards 2016. It later transferred to 59E59 in New York and the Arts Theatre in the West End. Rotterdam won an Olivier Award for Outstanding Achievement in an Affiliate Theatre in 2017.

Other work includes the cult hit show Margaret Thatcher Queen of Soho and its sequel Margaret Thatcher Queen of Game Shows, and the play A Super Happy Story (About Feeling Super Sad) which won a Fringe First Award in 2017.

He is currently adapter and co-lyricist for the new production of David Walliam’s Billionaire Boy.

No need to book, just stay behind after the show.


‘A Super Happy Story is Superb’

Lyn Gardner, The Guardian

‘You’ll be hard-pushed to find a better musical at this year’s Fringe’

What’s On Stage

‘This show certainly meets the Silent Uproar company brief of commissioning writers, in this case Jon Brittain, to create playful and provocative work to help make the world a little less crappy.’

Musical Theatre Review