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Venue:The Free Sisters, 139 Cowgate Edinburgh EH1 1JS
Phone: 0131 622 6802
Links: Click Here for venue details, Click here for map
Ticket Prices: Free  
Room: The Wee Room
AUG 3-27 at 16:55 (60 min)
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Jem Brookes: Pull Yourself Together
After a year in which I have been dealing with depression as bad as I have ever had in 20 plus years, and was unable to perform at last year's Fringe, I am back and am going to confront the issue full on in an uncompromising, brutal and funny new show.
Finally I will reveal the truth about this lifelong condition and how I deal with it, good or bad. Hopefully anybody that has experienced similar will feel that they can take something away from this, and it might just be the time that I, and they, can laugh in the face of adversity and move through this in a good way.

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August 10, 2017  One4Review
Jem Brookes is a lovely man, and this year’s show he describes as no-holds-barred and brutal. In many ways, it is, but that doesn’t stop it being funny. At one point, I cried, but at many points, I also laughed hard.

The show is Brookes talking about his recovery from, and probable causes of depression, from childhood bereavement to difficulty finding the right career path. So this is depression not in the “feeling a bit sad” sense, but in the deepest, darkest, sense – is suicide avoided because you just can’t get out of bed. Yep, cheery themes.

But, like many people with mental health issues, at his better times, he can well and truly see the funny side, and he successfully shares that humour with an audience. I would like to assure him that mental health support is a little better these days than it was at the times he talks about – but as he comments, it is a long way from equal treatment with physical issues.

So a good show, almost certainly better with a bigger crowd, as it was a small number in a cozy room that day, but Brookes will do better with a bigger crowd to bounce off – and truly deserves better. Click Here

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