I'm Having Distressing Thoughts

Comedy (new writing, dark comedy)

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What happens when you love your life and want to be dead? Join Sadia Gordon with her Fringe debut dark comedy. I'm Having Distressing Thoughts follows one woman's journey of seeking mental-health help and the chaos and characters that come along with it. Expect inspirational quotes, breathing exercises and adult colouring-in books: kill me now.

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  • Wheelchair Accessible Toilets
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Naomi Graves 31 days ago

I caught this show on Friday, and am so glad I did! With only a small venue and smaller set (1 chair and a computer keyboard), Sadia manages to achieve so much, flitting back and forth between characters with an infectious energy. Sadia tells the story of trying to get help with her mental health from anyone who is willing to give it. She is sensitive with the material and makes you feel empathetic for the character without veering into trauma-dumping. She gets the balance between serious social comment on the healthcare system and the utter hilarity of it all spot on. I was laughing through it all, and really hope others get to see it while they still can. Trying to get help really shouldn’t involve so many pamphlets.

Hannah-Cait Harrison 31 days ago

I caught this show today, and good golly if it’s not PAINFULLY accurate. Sadia’s breakdown of mental health services and just how dangerously long the wait times can be, was just on point. Approaching a difficult subject with comedy and humour, is really refreshing, and I laughed out loud several times. Fab show

Kirsty Clark 32 days ago

As someone who has struggled with mental health and had to navigate services, this show was so accurate and it was SO refreshing to see a woman being funny whilst also talking about something so serious - the messy side of mental illness, not just vaguely talking about mental health as this concept that can be cured by having a shower or a t-shirt that says ‘be kind’. Sadia was just brilliant, I kept thinking ‘that woman was born to be on a stage’! Great show, certainly worth seeing!!

emma colston 33 days ago

Moments of this were so painfully accurate; but I was smiling the whole time. It felt like an hour long therapy session and I came out thinking 'thank god it wasn't just be who's had that!' Great energy and onstage presence.

Ricki Smith 33 days ago

Loved this show, poked a lot of good fun at some of the weirder aspects of mental health care! Great story of progress in feeling better despite the various twists and turns that the healthcare process will throw at you =) Lots of fun characters, accents, and bizarre scenes throughout.

ROGER WOODS 34 days ago

What a great show! Must see Fringer...
Still thinking about it, processing. Good laugh somehow also.

Amanda 35 days ago

Relatable, hilarious, must see for those who know the struggle to get mental health care while also being a charismatic performing arts person :)

Laura Ebley 37 days ago

I’m beyond glad that I got to see this show. It was hilarious, relatable, thought provoking, emotional, infuriating, I just loved it. Idk how the artist made mental health so entertaining to watch but she did it, bravo! I noticed this is her debut in Edinburgh, can’t wait to see what she does next year!

Samantha Arnold 37 days ago

A little gem. Highly relatable in certain aspects. Brought an energy to the stage that made you care. Worth a watch

Shannon Quinn 39 days ago

A really clever, hilarious, thought-provoking piece of theatre tackling a journey through the mental health system and how it's not a one-size fits all, and all the characters you meet along the way. Couldn't stop thinking about it for a long time after. A must see for Ed Fringe

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West End Best Friend (5/5 stars) 28 days ago

Expertly written and genuinely laugh out loud funny!

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Broadway World (4/5 stars) 31 days ago

I’m Having Distressing Thoughts is a spectacularly funny look into the absurdity of the environments those in crisis are expected to navigate to recover

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Theatre, Films and Arts (3/5 stars) 32 days ago

The message behind the performance is relevant and important.

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