Reasons To Stay Alive
Sat 12 Oct
‘This is truly landmark theatre…you emerge hopeful and enlightened’
‘A striking piece of theatre’
What does it mean to truly feel alive?
An English Touring Theatre and Sheffield Theatres co-production
Imagined for the stage and directed by Jonathan Watkins
Adapted by April De Angelis
At 24 Matt’s world collapsed and he could see no way to go on.
This is his story of a journey through crisis, a joyous exploration of how to live better, love better and triumphing over illness.
Matt Haig’s frank and funny international bestseller is brought to the stage by the award-winning Jonathan Watkins (Northern Ballet’s 1984) and celebrates what it means to be alive.
“It’s wonderful to see a book take on other life forms, especially one as exciting and radically different as this one. I think this production will provide a fascinating way to look at depression and mental health” Matt Haig
Pre-show discussion on Tue 8 October at 6pm with Katherine Warman and members of the company
Post-show discussion on Wed 9 October with Andrew Greenaway from Andy’s Man Club and Hoot
Praise for the book:
“Matt Haig is astounding” Stephen Fry
“Brings a difficult and sensitive subject out of the darkness and into the light” Michael Palin
“A small masterpiece that might even save lives” Joanna Lumley
Phil Cheadle as Older Matt
Chris Donnelly as Dad
Janet Etuk as Andrea
Mike Noble as Younger Matt
Dilek Rose as Dawn/Jenny/Denise
Connie Walker as Mum