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* Interview by Ruth Adams *
filmed by Jack at
DaDa Fest

Director: Paulette Randall
Re-direct: Antoinette Lester
Designer: Jessica Worrall
Lighting Design: Crin Claxton

* Interview by Rachel Salmon *
Women's Views on News

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'A Brilliant play. Some amazing and moving stories that need to be told. So much heart and nuance and visceral pain.'

Pratibha Parmar (Filmmaker)

This production is dedicated to Joyce, Dorothy, Betty, Rosemary, Priti, Nan, Celia and to the thousands of women who survived life in the Asylums. Your lives were not made easy, but you taught me much about the irrepressible human spirit and the art of laughter in amongst the tears.

To the remarkable storytellers who have accompanied us on the journey so far: Mary, Rosie, Carole, Hilary H, Premila, Dr Rachel, Derek, Mike, Dr. Mike, Day Tripper, Hilary P, Rilwan, Steve, Jonathan, Robert, Iris, Mary O, Katharine and Joyce.
Thank you for everything you have shared with us.

Web Design: Lesley Willis and Julie McNamara             Julie McNamara 2011

Penelope Freeman as Nan Sweeney and Ali Briggs as Squirrel bring the mischief to life once more...


'A powerful and well crafted piece. Very poignant... great writing'

Sue Williams, Arts Council England

Based on the testimonies of people who survived the asylums closed in the 1980s. Each of the actors was matched with people who lived or worked inside long stay hospitals. What reverberates is the extraordinary resilience and humanity of the courageous souls who have entrusted us with their stories.

A chilling glimpse into the secret worlds and stolen years inside the asylums - 'Persons fit to be removed'. Were all these people truly Mad, Bad and Dangerous? Hear their stories and think again.

'Fantastic writing!'

Cambell X (Blackman Visions)

*** The 2013 Tour ***

Dugdale Theatre, Enfield. Pegasus, Oxford. The Bluecoat, Liverpool

Arena, Wolverhampton. The Albany, Deptford.

Brewery at Tobacco Factory, Bristol.

* BBC News review by Emma Tracey * click to read...

* Disability Arts Online, Review by Joe McConnell *

* Interview by Sheila McWattie *


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