Joe Maddalena

‘If I don’t see your face everywhere, did it even exist? No! When the worms eat my face, they’ll turn to one another and say “Hey, isn’t that Daniel Pollicky’s face?” because I’m a real G.’

John, disillusioned and desperate, flicks mindlessly through his phone when someone suddenly compels him to stop and listen. A charismatic man claiming to have all the answers, and for only $25 a month – ‘Dan with a Plan’. Worth a shot, right?

Self-Help is theatre’s answer to doom-scrolling. A one-man dark comedy, it highlights the desperation in young men to feel seen, and how an impressionable mind can be easily manipulated with dangerous ideas. Follow John’s journey through the means of live music, video projection and trippy dream sequences as he goes down the sigma male rabbit hole, and loses his mind in the name of ‘self-improvement’.

Event Details

Genre: Theatre

Duration: 60 mins

Price: £8

Social Media

Twitter: @ selfhelptheatre

TikTok: @selfhelptheatre

Instagram selfhelp_show


Trigger/Content warnings: - There are loud noises throughout the show, both through the performer shouting and through recorded sound.
- The show explores sensitive topics such as depression and sexism

Suitable for ages: 14 and over

World premiere


Audience interaction

See venue page for accessibility information.

25 August 2023 7.30pm

Canal Cafe Theatre

Full: £8

26 August 2023 7.30pm

Canal Cafe Theatre

Full: £8


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