A Short Cut to Happiness

Theatre (comedy, tragedy)

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  • ZOO Playground - Playground 2
  • 17:45
  • Aug 26
  • 50 minutes
  • Suitability: 14+ (Restriction)
  • Country: Norway
  • Group: Volya Theatre
  • Warnings and additional info: Contains distressing themes - Scenes of Violence and Self Harm / Strong Language
  • Accessibility:
    Wheelchair Accessible Toilets
    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

Description

A razor sharp and surreal exploration of mental health and modernity, through the fractured lens of a manic motivational speaker. With movement, music and an intensely physical performance, Julia is determined to arrest her audience and wow them with her Eurovision-inspired motivational speaking. Haunted by the trauma of a violent loss she struggles to distinguish between the past and present.

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General venue access

  • Wheelchair Accessible Toilets
  • Accessible entry: Through main door and down a short corridor.
  • Wheelchair access type: Level Access

  • Stairs: Information not supplied

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Georgia Cook 30 days ago

This was one of the surprise highlights of my fringe - a very intimate setting, in which Emilie takes the stage in an excellent one-woman tour de force.
Brilliantly acted, scripted with wit and charisma juxtaposed with moments of poignant darkness were almost too difficult to watch (do take heed of the trigger warnings if feeling fragile).
I will definitely look out for this theatre company in future.

Greg 39 days ago

5 rules to happiness to make you the best version of you. “Depression is cancelled” proclaims the powersuited motivational speaker while pushing the power of positivity in every bombastic, uplifting sentence.

Yet something isn’t right? Who really is this prophet of self-empowerment?

The answer is teasingly revealed through emotionally-charged flashbacks that engage with trauma, abuse, broken families and the Eurovision Song contest.

Powerfully juxtaposing two very different realities, A Shortcut to Happiness successfully and compassionately critiques our quick-fix society, providing laughs, anguish, and thought provoking content throughout.

Disturbingly Brilliant.


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The List (3/5 stars) 21 days ago

An uncomfortable mix of TED talk and self-harm...

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The Wee Review (5/5 stars) 23 days ago

The room is dark. A tacky, gaudy tune plays from drawn curtains, before Emilie Hetland (of Volya Theatre) erupts from backstage in her traffic-light red blazer and trousers, throwing herself about the space as the mad and messy motivational speaker, Julia. She is a catastrophe – and an amazing one....

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Ed Fringe Review (4/5 stars) 25 days ago

Everything unravels by masterful design...

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Ed Fringe Review (5/5 stars) 25 days ago

If you are to see only one show at The Fringe, it should be this one...

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