60 Minutes After Feeling Sad

A new comedy show about sadness and where it goes.

A man sits alone in a room and starts to feel sad. An audience watches him in real-time as he tries to make himself feel better by whatever means necessary – dance, song, web-building, imagined conversation, physical endurance test, even the odd attempt to reach out to another actual, real human being instead of just trying to force an emotional connection with the hopeless AI that lives inside his phone.

60 Minutes After Feeling Sad is the the latest work-in-progress project from cult alternative comedian and idiot, award-winning comic actor and award-nominated writer Joz Norris. It aims to explore happiness and where it comes from, sadness and where it goes, loneliness and how to cure it, and communication and how to escape from it. It also aims to explore a new imaginative space somewhere between “comedy” and “theatre” by taking a form halfway between theatrical monologue and off-beat stand-up. A show that’s not quite aware that it’s a show, but isn’t quite fully conscious of being a play either.

The show is written and performed by Joz, and produced by Barney Norris, an award-winning and acclaimed playwright, novelist and theatre producer. It is directed by acclaimed alternative comic, actor and writer John-Luke Roberts and designed by award-winning lighting designer, stage manager and set designer Tanya Stephenson.

1hr 00m
The Vaults
02 Feb 22:00
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About the company

Joz Norris

Writer/performer Joz Norris is a cult favourite on the Edinburgh Fringe circuit, having made five acclaimed solo shows of storytelling, stand-up and playful nonsense. He has collaborated with award-winning and award-nominated collectives such as Weirdos, Heroes of Fringe and the Alternative Comedy Memorial Society, and has appeared in sketch shows for ITV2, Channel 4 and Dave, as well as interviews on BBC Radio 4 and BBC Radio 4 Extra. His screenwriting and film output has seen his work screened at film festivals worldwide, and he has won and been nominated for awards for acting and writing at major international film festivals.

Producer Barney Norris is an award-winning playwright and novelist, and the founding artistic director of Up In Arms theatre company. With Up In Arms, he has produced shows that have toured to fifty different UK theatres, including Robert Holman’s German Skerries (Orange Tree and tour), David Storey’s The March On Russia (Orange Tree), and his own plays Visitors (Arcola, Bush on tour), Eventide (Arcola and tour) and While We’re Here (Bush and tour). He runs an emerging artist workshop at Keble College, Oxford, where he’s been the playwright in residence since 2015.

Director John-Luke Roberts is a writer and Gaulier trained actor and comedian, who has written and performed for a wide range of TV and Radio shows, including Have I Got News For You, Newzoids and Nevermind the Buzzcocks, and his own sitcom Bull, co-written with Gareth Gwynn and starring Robert Lindsay and Maureen Lipman. John-Luke has created 5 solo shows for the Edinburgh Fringe between 2010 and 2016 which have all been critically acclaimed and transferred to the Soho Theatre. In 2017 he performed for two weeks at the Adelaide Fringe. As an actor he has appeared in Channel 4’s Babylon and played Nigel Mainpart in his 2015 sitcom Bull. As of 2017, he’s playing ‘Graeme’ in the world tour of the hit parody play ‘Graeme of Thrones.’

Designer Tanya Stephenson is a company stage manager, theatre designer and maker with an MA in Advanced Theatre Practice from the Royal Central School Of Speech and Drama, London. She won the Francis Reid Lighting Design award in 2010 and has recently worked in a technical and production capacity with companies such as Fuel, The Invisible Dot and Stomp, as well as Gecko. Her work also extends outside of theatre – from artistic workshops with ex-offenders to working alongside fashion photographers and designers, such as Rhea Thierstein and Tim Walker.

Artistic Team
Written & Performed by
Joz Norris
Produced by
Barney Norris
Directed by
John-Luke Roberts
Designed by
Tanya Stephenson

Press & Reviews

Praise for Joz Norris's previous work

"A potentially massive future comedy star." - The Herald

"A born entertainer and a great comedy writer." - Chortle

"Had the audience in the palm of his hand before his body even appeared onstage...Mesmerising." - One4Review

"Wonderfully compelling." - British Comedy Guide

"A skilful and thoughtful writer who fastidiously avoids boring or obvious choices, and excels at being unselfconsciously daft." - TVBomb

"One of the few comics to guarantee you leave with a smile and a warmed heart. Engaging and affable with a penchant for silly ideas that will stick in your head." - Laugh Out London

"Brilliantly written and superbly executed from start to finish, this really is one of the best shows of the Fringe." - Bunbury Magazine

"Simply one of the most joyous comedians around." - The Comedy Verdict