A moving and manic portrayal of mental illness in modern day Sweden
This article is from 2016.
Mental illness is not always discussed with the sensitivity and seriousness that it deserves, but Open Mind Productions strikes the right balance in this funny, yet frequently tragic, show that should stimulate conversation long after the final curtain.
Set in Stockholm, Happy Yet? centres around the charismatic and chaotic Torsten. Although countless people are taken with his wit and charm, his family see right through him and recognise that there is something far more serious going on in his turbo-charged mind.
While it's possible to find the character of Torsten annoying and his family, particularly his brother, unpleasant, it is testament to the play, brilliantly written by Katie Berglof, that the characters and their predicament are understandable and sympathetic.
The performances, particularly by William Irven as the tortured Torsten, are well measured and believable, reflecting a show that is an important addition to the discussion about mental health and an education to those weary of the subject. A striking, beautiful and heartbreaking production.
theSpace @ Surgeons Hall, until 27 Aug (not 21), times vary, £7 (£5).