Deb Gatesby : A Place Called Happiness

Manchester Gullivers

Wednesday 26 Oct 2016 20:30

Debs spent a year thinking about happiness. It brought her down. Travelling out into the world, she documented her experiences, and tells us what she found in this comedic and uplifting new solo show from the acclaimed creator of ‘Hi, Anxiety’.

A Place Called Happiness’ was a year in the making and is Debs’ response to society’s seeming obsession with happiness. Debs began an experiment to discover the secrets of ‘How to be Happy’ and found herself drowning in a sea of self-help – and it wasn’t helping.

She needed to drag herself off the sofa of apathy so started to say yes to things, anything, to get her out into the world – dots on the globe, unknown and unsystematic choices. The situations she found herself in challenged her thoughts on happiness and ultimately gave her hope.

‘A Place Called Happiness’ is an honest and real, funny and engaging show filled with stories and secrets shared, as Debs takes you on her journey off the sofa into the world in the pursuit of something called happiness.

‘Debs Gatenby pulls of the difficult trick of reducing you to tears of both hilarity and sadness, sometimes within a few lines. Her profoundly personal insights reveal a truth which is universal, resonating with anyone who has ever looked in a mirror and wondered what the hell is going on inside that person. Consequently, her life-laid-bare monologues, whilst telling us much about her, reveal something about us, too.” Time Out

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