We Are What We Overcome

Music, Theatre
Tue, 10 Oct 2023

We Are What We Overcome

Combining upbeat original 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.

In 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.

This is the show that emerged from that process. Featuring a full live band – Matt McGuiness and the MLC – We Are What We Overcome weaves tales of how he got to and came back from the brink of suicide with comedy, catchy songs and eclectic stories. This is the path one man took from breakdown to talking publicly.

Matt delivers a very personal account. 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 with an interval, the show moves fluidly between heartfelt spoken word, , self-deprecating humour and music. 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.

Listeners from Leatherhead & Mid-Surrey of the Samaritans will be in attendance for anyone who wishes to talk after the show.


Standard £20*
Students £15*
Cost of Living £10* – if you are struggling with the cost of living, the charity is subsidising a limited number of £10 tickets. If you can afford to buy a standard ticket, please do, so concessions are available for those who really need it. Thank you.
Free tickets –  if you are part of a group or charity supporting people with their mental health, please email or telephone us to find out about a free ticket allocation.

This event is supported by MGSO4 Arts and development of the show was supported by the Samaritans.

*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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