Thanks for looking up my show! The short elevator pitch is…Blind to Happiness is a one-person drama-comedy about a quirky dishwasher, his cat, positive psychology, some beer, and (perhaps) life’s most important question – is ‘happier’ a choice? The show is centered on three restaurant co-workers, each appearing to be happy to the other… but then we find out maybe they aren’t…
MENTAL HEALTH: the protagonist is going through a depression and briefly the play briefly refers to suicide a few times
MATURE LANGUAGE: there are some swear words
and then we find out how they might help each other out. Oh yeah, there may be some references to S Club 7 (if you don’t know who they are, unfortunately if you see the show you will 😀 ) I’m like you – or definitely like someone you know – I’ve had my ups and downs with mental health. I wanted to write a show that engaged the topic in a humorous, non-linear, zig-zagging, and heartfelt way. It never hits you over the head that it’s talking about it, but it is. I’ve performed this show over 120 times in 11 cities and usually after every show at least one person stays behind who wants to talk about their own experience, or how they have supported a close one. I cherish those moments and conversations. I feel now more than ever we need to talk about our emotions, our feelings, our struggles and also our dreams. My hope is that this show will get that conversation going for you, even just a little. I know there’s a lot of beautiful shows to see in the festival, I would love it if you choose to see mine! If you need any more convincing, here are some more accolades and reviews: 2017 – 2019 Edmonton Fringe – Sold Out Runs 2019 Orlando Fringe – Patrons’ Pick 2017 Ottawa Fringe – Best of Fest 2016 Toronto Fringe – Best of Fest 2016 Toronto Fringe – Critic’s Choice 2010 Montreal Fringe – Best Play Nominee ★★★★ ½ “Absolute must see! Darkly comic and starkly real…makes us question the real nature of happiness” – My Entertainment World Toronto “Inspirational. One of the best the Fringe has to offer” Montreal Gazette ★★★★ ½ “Touching…Murphy has a supernatural ability to switch between characters” VUE Edmonton “Highly recommended…the audience was hanging on every word” Apt613 Ottawa ★★★★ “Smart, dark, and hilarious” Winnipeg Free Press “Soulful show” Orlando Weekly ★★★★ “Engaging, amazing” Eye Weekly Toronto “Engaging & inspiring” NY Theatre. ★★★★★ “Beautiful. An absolute must see” Ignite FM Winnipeg “Murphy is masterful” National Post ★★★★ 1/2 “A masterfully crafted, funny, and heartfelt show” Theatre In London.