The theatre spoken word, music and comedy show We are what we overcome highlights the challenge of change, the voices in our heads and the peaks (at times very deep) troughs of life. It came from a dark place, and was born out of  Matt's ridiculous but ultimately rewarding attempt at self-help by performing at the Edinburgh Fringe in 2018.

Since that initial outing, We are what we overcome has developed into something much more extensive and far-reaching than Matt had ever envisaged.  A refined version of the show met with success on a return to Edinburgh in 2019, and toured with the full band in Spring 2019.  The relevant nature of the content to a wider audience inspired the beginning of a regular podcast, followed by the development of concepts for an accompanying book and film.  Most recently, in response to COVID-19 restrictions, a series of live online interactive events are being developed, expanding on individual stories from the original material.

EXPLORE WE ARE WHAT WE OVERCOME

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 late 2021 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.

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