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    Comedians at the Edinburgh Fringe are blowing up the stigma of mental health

    By Tim ChesterUK1 hour ago EDINBURGH — One of the buzziest shows at this year’s Edinburgh Festival Fringe is about depression. Severe clinical depression in fact. Bryony Kimmings and her partner Tim Grayburn’s Fake It 'Til You Make It, which explores in depth Grayburn’s secret depression and nervous breakdown, hogged the headlines over the festival’s opening days and is sold out for its entire run. They’re not the only artists who have focussed on mental health; this year’s programme is packed with productions that take aim at the issue, from Brigitte Aphrodite’s My Beautiful Black Dog to stand-up Carl Donnelly’s Jive Ass Honky and cabaret star Le Gateau Chocolat’s Black,…

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    ‘I want this to be joyous’: Edinburgh fringe’s startling shows about depression

        In cabaret shows and musicals such as My Beautiful Black Dog, performers at the fringe are breaking the taboo of mental health         ‘People don’t want to talk about this stuff’ … Brigitte Aphrodite’s My Beautiful Black Dog. Photograph: Olivier Richomme Hannah Ellis-Petersen   Sunday 9 August 2015 09.34 EDTLast modified on Sunday 9 August 2015 12.09 EDT     As a nation, the UK has never excelled at talking about its own state of mind. From discussions about depression to frank admissions of unhappiness, such matters have mostly remained taboo in favour of maintaining that very British stiff upper lip. However, at this year’s Edinburgh festival…