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Happy Yet? - Courtyard Theatre

Preview by Lizzie Guilfoyle

FOLLOWING a sell-out run at Edinburgh’s 2016 Fringe, Happy Yet? by Katie Berglöf is transferring to the Courtyard Theatre, where it runs from October 24 to October 28, 2017.

A dark comedy set in Stockholm, Happy Yet? combines elements of Nordic drama and farce to offer a fresh take on depression, anxiety and mental illness.

From an attic flat in Stockholm, Torsten wages battle not only with his brother and his sister-in-law but with his own mercurial mind. Happy Yet? is the story of the Sandqvist family and their struggle to understand Torsten and his disordered moods and dysfunction.

As a permanent guest in his brother’s home, Torsten is constantly reminded of his inadequacy and inability to live up to conventions of Swedish society. Relying on his intelligence, quick wit and unnerving charm, Torsten fools and flirts his way in and out of trouble: he toys with the law, his brother’s hospitality, and ultimately his family’s love.

Torsten’s decisions become more extreme and increasingly irreversible – will he and his family survive his antics and unravelling mind?

A fresh voice to theatre, 22-year-old Swedish playwright Katie Berglöf wrote her first play Happy Yet? from personal experience. She grew up watching a close family member endure years of depression, mood swings and misunderstanding. Her play uses humour to turn tragedy into a source of understanding, dignity and hope.

Happy Yet? is presented by Above the Moon Productions, which was created to address the epidemic of anxiety, depression and mood disorders amongst millennials. Happy Yet? is its first play and tackles the stigma and humiliation of being labelled mentally ill.

Happy Yet? has been revised and extended for its London debut at the Courtyard Theatre.

Tickets: £12, £10 concession – available online at www.ticketweb.co.uk/.

Time: 7:30pm.

Also at the Courtyard Theatre: Jarek Adams’ play, The Mysterious Gentleman (October 31 to November 18, 2017).