Head Set

Selected as one of the best shows to see at the Edinburgh Fringe by Time Out and The Times. Head Set is a theatre show that explores amateur stand-up comedy and how to make peace with our disordered and messy brains.

Victoria Melody, deciding to quit her career in theatre, turns to her plan B; the thing she’s always secretly known she’d be brilliant at…stand-up comedy. She embeds herself into the amateur stand up scene, a world with its own rules, culture and behaviours. Problem is stand-up is much harder than it seems and Victoria’s has always struggled with communication and words. In her mind she sounds like a genius but what comes out of her mouth sounds like a baby, a baby woman.

Driven by an ambition to become a better stand-up she seeks out help from a speech and language specialist, leading to a string of diagnosis’s and finds out at the grand old age of 40 that she’s neurodivergent. Using wearable technology and working with a neuroscientist they make a revolutionary discovery that might be a natural cure for ADHD. Head Set is a hilarious, insightful and surreal odyssey.

Creative Team

Created and Performed – Victoria Melody


The research and development for this project has been supported by the Watershed’s Winter Residency, Farnham Maltings, South Street, University of Sussex and Arts Council England. The production has been supported by Farnham Maltings and Attenborough Centre for the Creative Arts.

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