We Are What We Overcome

Music, Theatre
Tue, 10 Oct 2023
We Are What We Overcome 

We Are What We Overcome

One man’s journey to good mental health via a very bad idea.

Combining upbeat original acoustic music with thought provoking comedy and spoken word, We Are What We Overcome is the story of one man’s journey to good mental health via a very bad idea.

There’s no such thing as a straight line; from Liverpool and Antony Gormley’s naked torso to a nightly, very public counselling session – a journey not strictly recommended by the NHS!

2018: rather than see a psychiatrist, Matt, a musician, with no theatrical experience, chose to perform an unwritten show at the single greatest arts festival on the planet, the Edinburgh Fringe.

Now: weaving tales of how he got to and came back from the brink of suicide, this is the path one man took from breakdown to talking publicly.

Matt delivers personal, difficult, and eclectic stories interjected with original songs performed with vocals and guitar. Nothing is left to implication or to whispers, he talks directly to the audience conjuring an atmosphere of openness and understanding. Split into two halves, the show moves fluidly between spoken word, comedy and music – a mix of heartfelt stories, self-deprecating humour and original songs. And, there’s always time for a chat post-show.

“If you ‘re going to create a space where you allow people to open up, be prepared for honesty, hurt, empathy and overwhelming emotions.” Matt Mcguinness.

“Soulful, upbeat, optimistic” Fringe Review

“Charm, humility, wit, and a gifted songwriter” The Scotsman

Supported by The Samaritans, New Art Exchange and Arts Council England.

Tickets £20*

This event is supported by MGSO4 Art

*A £1.50 booking fee applies per ticket when booking online and in person. The booking fee covers costs charged to the charity for the booking system and payment processing.

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