’30 just matters, innit. Like there’s no doubt you’re a proper adult then. Like 25 to 29 is just training, but 30, it’s real.’
Tunde’s thirtieth birthday is fast approaching. So he’s started therapy because he hasn’t been able to get to the gym for weeks, and a recent one-night stand ended in tears – his.
Interrogating the challenge of opening up and accepting our own vulnerabilities, Ifeyinwa Frederick’s Sessions is a raw, funny, bittersweet deep-dive into the complexities of masculinity, depression and therapy. It was first produced in 2021 on tour of the UK, before a run at Soho Theatre, London, co-produced by Paines Plough and Soho, and directed by Philip Morris.
‘A funny, humane monologue that eases us into a slowly searing drama about masculinity and mental health… Frederick’s drama feels timely and alarming, with just a sliver of hope at the end’
‘A timely exploration of mental health challenges in black men [that] serves as an important reminder to check in with those around us’
— Evening Standard
‘A tender, touching and gently funny examination of masculinity and mental health’
— The Times