‘The Pleasure of Sad Songs’ shares the journey of a mental health family carer 
told through beautiful songs, fascinating memoir and nostalgic family images.

..this is storytelling of real courage,
authenticity and compassion...

(Katie Noonan, Woodford Performance 2015)


Each song was like a gift, a jewel on a garment -
another way of knowing.

(Showcase audience 2014)

The Pleasure of Sad Songs was magnificent...
Self-deprecating, nostalgic, sorrowful
and very powerful. Loved every minute.

(Narelle McCoy,2016)

It was a privilege to hear your story, 

which you shared so openly and beautifully.

(TAFE Educator's Conference 2016)

Leah sings the title song at The Queensland Conservatorium November 2014

This 80-minute theatrical presentation is written, performed and produced by Leah Cotterell. 
In 2016 the show made a public debut

to sold-out houses at the Judith Wright Centre

of Contemporary Arts,
Leah’s story has also been presented

to conferences for mental health consumers, 

family carers and educators. 

Nationally, many people have heard

Leah speak and sing in an interview

about her family story for the

ABC radio ‘Conversations’ series. 

Family photo montage clip for the song 'Small Blessings' music Helen Russell and lyrics Leah Cotterell