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The Sad Club by Luke Barnes, with music by Adam Pleeth

A black and white photograph of a young woman sitting down, leaning against a case. Her t-shirt has a large smiley face on it. There are coloured lines radiating from the smiley face.

The Sad Club by Luke Barnes, with music by Adam Pleeth

This is a musical about depression and anxiety. It’s a collection of monologues, songs and duologues from all over time and space exploring what about living in this world stops us from being happy and how we might go about tackling those problems.

Cast size: 12 – 20 (opportunity for additional singing chorus)

Why I wrote this play

“I wanted to write something to get young people to think about the stuff that tripped me up in my twenties earlier in the hope that when these things hit them they’ll feel less weird and might even be better equipped to handle them”. 


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Luke Barnes

Stage Includes: The Sad Club (National Theatre), All We Ever Wanted Was Everything (The Bush Theatre, Welly & Paines Plough Roundabout with Middle Child), No One Will Tell Me How To Start A Revolution (Hampstead Theatre), Bottleneck (Soho Theatre with HighTide), Chapel Street (The Bush Theatre & Edinburgh), Weekend Rockstars (Battersea Arts Centre & Hull Truck with Middle Child), Ten Storey Love Song (Hull Truck with Middle Child), The Saints (Nuffield Theatre, Southampton), Lost Boys New Town (National Youth Theatre), The Class (The Unicorn with National Youth Theatre), Eistedfodd (HighTide), A Wondrous Place (Manchester Royal Exchange), Loki and Cassie (Almeida Theatre), The Jumper Factory, Fable and Men In Blue (Young Vic,Taking Part)

Television Includes: Minted In Manchester (Channel 4).


Music by Adam Pleeth

Adam is a composer, musician and performer. Past Projects Include: James and the Giant Peach - West Yorkshire Playhouse – Composer; Pitcairn - Chichester and Globe Theatres and UK Tour - Out of Joint –Composer;  The Elephantom - New London Theatre and National Theatre Shed - Composer/performer; This May Hurt a Bit - Out of Joint – Composer; The Adventures of Ganz the Curious - Silent Tide- Composer Performer; Ballad of the Burning Star - Theatre Ad Infinitum - Composer Performer; Juana In a Million - Vicky Araico Casas - Composer Performer; Entries on Love – Composer; Time Stands Still When I Think of You – Composer; Romeo and Juliet - Kingston Rose – Performer; Something Very Far Away - Make Mend and Do – Performer; The Heavy - Live and Studio performer; Cinderella - Travelling Light – Performer; Babel - Wildworks- Performer; Brief Encounter - Kneehigh - Performer.