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Mixing conversation, comedy and spoken word with a live band performance, We Are What We Overcome combines thought-provoking subject matters, with wonderfully upbeat and balladeering music! 

“Like a series of TED talks punctuated by poetic songs loaded with meaning and metaphor.” Nailed Magazine

The show features personal stories, delivered with a comedic edge, and surrounds them with a live set from an accomplished band.  Stories focus on men’s mental health and how that affects everyone, either directly or by association.  The subject matter includes politics and football, but also depression and suicide. It’s a heady mix, handled with care, passion and humour.


The band Matt McGuinness and The MLC features Matt (the writer, and speaker), sings and plays guitar; Eileen plays saxophone; Jo is on percussion and Dan plays bass guitar. They perform a mix of balladeering Indie Rock n Roll, with a hint of Motown. 

The show includes an opportunity to have a chat with the band, or with our great supporters of the project – The Samaritans.  


Supported by the Samaritans; the New Art Exchange Nottingham;

and Arts Council England.

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"Absolutely Brilliant!"



"Engaging, moving and honest"



We Are What We Overcome - Saturday 13th November 2021

Foyle Studio mac Birmingham 

Performing as part of the BEDLAM Arts and Mental Health Festival in Birmingham

Book Tickets 


40 Winks 


"...the wise weariness of

acoustic blues..."




Since its origins at the Edinburgh Fringe, We Are What We Overcome has been developed substantially, and the project continues to grow in response to world events.  Read more about each of the threads which are emerging...

This two hour show and full band performance mixes live music, heartfelt stories and open conversation about Mental Health. 

"Changing Tides" is the first of 5 one-hour enhanced stories taken from the Live Theatre show.  Based around Antony Gormley's Another Place, the story is set within the ebb and flow of the Mersey. Music, comedy, spoken word and chat.

A musician, an improviser and a psychotherapist talk about mental health and well-being. A podcast for starting an essential conversation about mental health, particularly for men. Numerous episodes available online now.

Due for release in 2022, the book will contain expanded dialogue around the stories from the show and some connected to it. With illustrations from Stevie Mitchell (inky conditions) and insights from a variety of artists.

We've produced a number of music videos available on YouTube and Facebook. Currently working with Film makers to produce a professional short to accompany next year's theatre tour .

…and always, the music...written, played, performed, recorded. Songs from the band and the show can be found online at Spotify, iTunes, Deezer etc.