THE PLEASURE OF SAD SONGS

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

Leah sings the title song at The Queensland Conservatorium November 2014

‘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 80-minute theatrical presentation was 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.