Play: Hearing Things

8th – 12th Feb 2017, 18:00, Matinees 11th & 12th Feb, 14:45.

Vault Festival, London.

Funny and engaging, Hearing Things draws together the stories of those receiving and providing mental health care and opens the door on a closed world.

Hearing Things is a moving and provocative new drama exploring the dilemmas of psychiatry, from the points of view of patients, relatives and staff.

Written by Writer’s Guild award winner Philip Osment and with a cast including Jim Pope and multi-award winning actress Jeanette Rourke, Hearing Things follows the journey of six characters’ struggles with mental health. Nicholas is a psychiatrist battling with the demands of his work and trying to keep his marriage alive. His father is showing early signs of Alzheimer’s and he is finding it increasingly hard to cope. When an “SUI” (serious untoward incident) occurs to one of Nicholas’ patients his life is turned upside down.

By examining the difficulties of managing risk against the backdrop of an understaffed ward, Hearing Things considers the relationships between psychiatry and medication, doctor and patient.

Hearing Things has been created through research and development partnerships with some of the most prominent organisations working in the area of mental health. A huge amount of work has gone into creating this final piece, including: workshops with residents from the secure psychiatric unit in Homerton Hospital; two scratch performances with Playing ON members and mental health services users at the Lyric Theatre Hammersmith and the Wolsey Theatre, Ipswich; and, a residential programme at the Maudsley psychiatric hospital culminating in performances in Maudsley’s locked wards and at the Albany Theatre, Deptford as part of the Mental Health Foundation’s Anxiety Festival.

Through the delivery of drama workshops with people based in inpatient settings, Playing On aims to validate the individual and communal experiences of suffering with and recovering from mental illness.

Our aim is to continue to engage with those who struggle to be heard, working with Guy’s and St. Thomas’ Charity, SLAM (South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust), The Albany, Mental Fight Club and the NHS to continue the outreach work that created this play.

For further information and to book, go here.

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