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Debs Gatenby presents

A Place Called Happiness

In this comedic and uplifting sequel to her critically acclaimed solo show, Hi, Anxiety, Debs shares the highs and lows of discovering happiness from a place within. Debs went on a journey to find happiness… and found something else. Travelling to the remote Scottish Island of Eigg and Cape Cod, Provincetown, she began an experiment to discover the secrets of ‘how to be happy’, feeling more disconnected as she lost herself in wild landscapes. Documenting her experiences on film and audio, Debs tells us what she found; procrastination, Body Weather and being photographed by Andy Warhol’s Studio 54 photographer.

“Director Ashley Knowles makes great efforts to ensure a theatrical experience with a lively and varied production… Debs Gatenby is a committed and enthusiastic performer.” – Manchester Theatre Awards

“At the end of a dreary month the show is well needed light relief.” Lipstick at Weekends

“An honest and real story… A strangely uplifting show. Debs delivers it with effortless humour and the perfect balance of tones. Her show is completely engaging, funny, and guaranteed to bring warmth to a cold Manchester evening.” – Sincerely, Amy

“The joy of this piece comes in its seemingly raw spontaneity… The sense that one is witnessing a freshly borne stream of consciousness never wavers. You’ll leave the theatre happier and more uplifted than when you came in.” – The Reviews Hub

★★★★★ “A fabulous antidote to a wet, dreary weekday evening… I would highly recommend it, especially if you like a good belly laugh.” – Canal Street

Commissioned by Contact.
Supported using public funding by Arts Council England.
Supported by the Albany and Slung Low’s HUB.