Ridiculusmus: The Eradication of Schizophrenia in Western Lapland
Performance and Q&A
By Jon Haynes and David Woods, in association with Sick! Festival, Brighton
“Mediterranean roasted vegetables. Finnish Folk and Margaret Drabble. Adolf Hitler and the knitted cover for a toilet roll. An audience split in two experiencing auditory hallucinations.”
The School of Arts & Media Comedy Lab presents the first in a planned trilogy of events from Ridiculusmus Theatre Company, focusing on mental health issues and their treatment. This new work is inspired by a treatment method for psychosis developed by Dr Jaakko Seikkula in Finland, which has virtually eradicated schizophrenia from Western
Lapland. It conjures up a comic nightmare of delusion while offering a hopeful world of polyphonic uncertainty, a world where dialogue can transform your life.
The text is syncopated and harmonised throughout with duets on words and phrases, cooking up a dizzying concoction of memory, delusion and reality that culminates in a unified third act of final set between the past and present – the crucial defining moment of the protagonist’s life.
“Brilliant, innovative and bonkers” The Times
“One of our most refreshingly provocative theatre companies” Time Out
For further information visit the Ridiculusmus website.
Admission: £5 Full / £4 Concessions