Life Is No Laughing Matter

  • Summerhall - TechCube 0
  • 13:00
  • Aug 18
  • 1 hour
  • Suitability: 14+ (Guideline)
  • Country: United Kingdom - England
  • Group: Demi Nandhra
  • Warnings and additional info: Contains Distressing Themes, Strong Language/Swearing. Show includes a dog onstage.
  • Accessibility:
    Signed Performance
    May not apply to all performances. You'll find more information about accessibile performances and how to book tickets in the accessibility tab below.
  • Babes in arms policy: Babies do not require a ticket
  • Policy applies to: Children under 2 years


'Sometimes I think I have felt everything I'm ever gonna feel and from here on out, I'm not gonna feel anything new. Just lesser versions of what I've already felt'. Life is No Laughing Matter's a performance about mental illness, suicide and radical cure attempts. Part personal narrative, part social rant, part mess; Life is No Laughing Matter tells the exhausting and hilarious account of living with depression, from the urgency of finding a cure, dissecting the cultural disease, to eating a f*ck ton of bananas. Expect shit metaphors, codependency, holy water and Yoko Ono.

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General venue access

  • Signed Performance
  • Accessible entry: Once in the courtyard, take the access ramp into the main reception, take a right down the corridor, past the cafe, through a corridor with neon strip lights in the walls(slightly inclined), past the red lecture and through the double doors into the ground floor of tech cube.
  • Wheelchair access type: Wheelchair accessible (please contact the venue for more information)

  • Stairs: Information not supplied

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Signed performances

  • Dates: 15 August
  • Interpreter: Catherine King - exact location uncertain but will be moving about quite a bit - Not Selected
  • Type: BSL
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Colin George 92 days ago

So it may be too late to review Life is No Laughing Matter for The Fringe and encourage lots of people to see the show - so this is both a thank you to Demi (and Yoko and the silent 'rock' Aaron) for sharing her challenges with depression in this amusing, but challenging show. In the last performance at The Fringe it seemed more raw and emotional (and understandably so) than when first seen at the Battersea Arts Centre a few years back. Demi is a young performer with both a challenge and a gift - if this piece is toured (and to Demi and the programmers please make this so) then I'd urge you to go and see it. You will not be disappointed.

Jonathan Stockwell 94 days ago

We laughed and cried at this. Serious content delivered with such humour, honesty and, occasionally, justified anger. This delightfully engaging performer took us to some dark places and we followed her gladly. But what also stands out is the patient love expressed by her partner in a beautiful, gentle and understated way.

Jan Birtle 98 days ago

This show is a must see for everyone interested in mental health, emotional expression, relationships, family secrets and the place of dogs in life. Demi takes us on an intensely personal journey with high and low times, vivid every minute of the way. Must see.

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UK Theatre Web (5/5 stars) 93 days ago

One of the most moving but also funniest shows I have seen here.

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The Stage [paywall] (3/5 stars) 94 days ago

Life is No Laughing Matter opens with performer and creator Demi Nandhra listing common (and contradictory) things known about depression. She then moves on to weave together her personal story of it, along with reflections on the structural and societal dynamics contributing to its existence. The greatest strength of this...

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The Scotsman (4/5 stars) 98 days ago

Churchill’s  depression was his “black dog”. ...

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The List (3/5 stars) 99 days ago

Heartwarming exploration of the struggles and stigmas associated with depression...

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Exeunt 101 days ago

Demi makes it very clear at the start of the performance that she is a selfish person – she’s being selfish right now. Her partner Aaron is onstage, sat behind a table at the back, boredly scrolling on his laptop. He’s here because Demi needs him here. He’s not a...

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The Guardian (4/5 stars) 102 days ago

Every year now, it seems, mental health is named as a theme of the Edinburgh festival. Public campaigns encourage us to talk about it, as if that alone is a cure. But we’re no longer short of conversations about mental illness. Instead, as Demi Nandhra’s solo show pinpoints, it is...

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