LIFE IS NO LAUGHING MATTER
AT EDINBURGH FRINGE FESTIVAL 2019
31ST JULY - 18TH AUGUST
Life is No Laughing Matter is part personal narrative, part social rant, part mess that tells the exhausting account of living with depression; from the urgency of finding a cure, to dissecting the cultural disease to eating a fuckton of bananas. Expect a hella lot of codependency, holy water and the one and only, Yoko Ono ( the dog version).
This show asks its audience to consider weighty questions; “Can suicide be alright for some?” Bold controversial statements; “Depression is not just killing white men” and intimate, shameful confessions; “I don’t care if Aaron doesn’t want to be here, I’m ill and I need him”
Contradictions are at the centre of this work, one moment it understands that mental illness is a complex concoction of genetics, circumstances and historical trauma but also, maybe a puppy can cure you? It zooms into finding a personal cure and zooms out to question the intersections of capitalism and mental health.
Life is No Laughing Matter is a nuanced look at mental illness from the perspective of a South Asian woman. It considers the cultural & political intersections of mental illness and why depression doesn’t end after we tell someone, ask for help or buy a puppy.
Against the wishes (probably) of everyone in the mental health movement this show is NOT ABOUT HAVING A CONVERSATION ON MENTAL ILLNESS. CONVERSATIONS ARE SHIT AND WE HAVE HAD TOO MANY.
If you are a POC and would like a discounted or free ticket please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org