Mental health & politics

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One Christmas, Josh was diagnosed with depression and then hit by a car. The following year he was on Job Seekers whilst attempting to balance his sanity and gift buying.

This is a show about that time. About being ill and being fit for work. About the Department for Work and Pensions and being from Bolton. One that explores the thin line between mental health as a clinical and a political issue. Part stand up, part spoken word and part teenager in his room pretending he’s in a punk band, Get Yourself Together is new show from Royal Exchange, Manchester Support Artist Josh Coates. It is directed by Anna Ryder with dramaturgy from James Varney and additional support from Matthew Xia and Ellie Stamp.

The show is at Square Chapel, December 15 (8pm). Tickets £12 from