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Reasons To Stay Alive

  • Venue: Courtyard Theatre
  • Duration: 1hr 10mins
  • Age Guidance: 12+
  • Triggers & Advisories: Click here for details.
    Triggers & Advisories

    Strobe lighting is used in this production.

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At 24 Matt’s world collapsed under the weight of depression. This is the true story of his journey out of crisis; a profoundly uplifting exploration of living and loving better. The first theatrical adaptation of Matt Haig’s frank and funny bestseller. This play with music and movement, imagined for the stage and directed by Jonathan Watkins, celebrates what it means to be alive.

Text written by April De Angelis.

“It’s wonderful to see a book take on other life forms, especially a form as exciting and radically different as this one. I think this production will provide a fascinating way to look at depression and mental health.” Matt Haig



Pre-show discussion – 12 Nov 6.30pm

Join Reasons to Stay Alive Assistant Director Andrew Hughes and Assistant Producer Sepy Baghaei for a pre-show discussion about the show. Free to book, but needs to be booked separately from your show ticket. Click here to book for the pre-show discussion.

Post-show discussion – 16 Nov, after 2.30pm performance

We are delighted to welcome actor and mental health campaigner, Jonny Benjamin, to chair an informal discussion about Reasons To Stay Alive and about breaking down stigma around men’s mental health. Jonny will be joined by speakers Kath Davies (Consultant Clinical Psychologist), Chris O’Connor (Writer of The Parting Glass and founder of Mantality podcast) and members of the cast.

Cast & Credits

Presented by English Touring Theatre /


“ This is truly landmark emerge feeling hopeful, and enlightened”

- The Yorkshire Post

“ Genuinely enthralling”

- The Times

“ A striking piece of theatre”

- The Guardian

“ a powerful way to talk about depression”

- South Leeds Life

Book Tickets

Captioned Performance

Open captioning allows theatre goers with varying degrees of hearing to view the full text as it is spoken or sung, including sound effects and off stage noises. These appear on a scrolling screen, positioned on or at the side of the stage.

British Sign Language Interpreted

A signed performance is the usual full production using either the creative use of sign integrated into the performance or a British Sign Language Interpreter on stage interpreting the show for D/deaf attendees.

Audio Described

Audio Described performances are designed to improve the experience of visually impaired and blind attendees. As well as listening to the dialogue on stage the customer can wear a headset and listen to a live description of the action on stage.

Relaxed Performance

A relaxed performance is a specially selected show from our programme, with slight adaptations to make it suitable for an audience of young people or adults with learning disabilities. This may include extra lighting, additional wheelchair spaces and the freedom to move to alternative seating if required.

Dementia-Friendly Performance

Dementia friendly performances are for all audiences. The theatre experience is enhanced for people living with dementia and their supporters, with adaptations to front of house service, the show and pre-show information packs. Additional dementia-aware staff, quiet spaces, clear signage and visual markers, sound and lighting adjustments and flexible seating options all help to create a supportive, shared experience.

Sing Along

Singalong with the cast in this exclusive performance. Join in as loud as you like, fancy dress is optional but highly recommended.

Post Show Discussion

Parent & Baby Performance

A Parent and Baby performance enables parents to attend the theatre with their baby (under 12 months). We make small adaptations to the lighting and sound effects, including keeping the auditorium lights slightly raised. The seating is unallocated and there is a relaxed attitude to noise.

Booking Fees:

*A transaction fee of £2.50 will be applied to all phone and internet bookings.


  • Captioned - Captioned
  • Signed - Signed
  • Audio Description - Audio Description
  • Relaxed Performance - Relaxed Performance
  • Dementia Friendly Performance - Dementia Friendly Performance
  • Post Show Discussion - Post Show Discussion
  • Sing Along - Sing Along
  • Parent & Baby Performance - Parent & Baby Performance
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Arts Council England Leeds City Council The Liz and Terry Bramall Foundation
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