“Why can't you be happy?”
“Why can't you make something of yourself?”
Such are the questions asked of Torsten, the central character in Happy Yet?, by his bewildered family: questions for which there are no answers.
Declaration draws on Sarah Emmott’s experiences and (late) diagnosis of Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD). Developed with medical professionals, ADHD and mental health support groups, the piece begins with a highly energetic and comedic tone. Emmott shares childhood stories of embracing her then-undiagnosed self-defined “weirdness” within a supportive family context.