Performances

Fragments, Free Space Gallery – 21 July

Artists Jairo Zaldua and Nicola Green in collaboration with dancer Katsura Isobe create a site-specific, interactive installation with dance and print throughout the building.

The inspiration and foundations for this project derive from the short story 'Diary of a Madman' by Nikolai Gogol(1834) which contains one of the earliest and most complete descriptions of schizophrenia.

6-9pm

Past performance of FRAGMENTS (5 minutes excerpts at Triangle Gallery)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J4rk1towafk

Preview showing of Superjohn in London – 28 July

Prior to performances in Edinburgh. Seen through the eyes of two children, John, a child with leukemia, and his sister Star, Superjohn mixes fantasy and reality to explore how a child uses imagination in overcoming adversity.

As a part of this project, Firehouse Creative Productions attended clinics at the Whittington Hospital and ran creative storygathering workshops with people with experience of childhood cancer.

Future Delivery, Lauderdale House, London – 8 July and touring

When it comes to having children, how much control do we have? How much control should we expect or demand? Ultrasound and blood tests can leave the mother with crucial anxieties; to continue with the pregnancy, to alter her expectations or to turn to friends and family for answers?

Music in Prisons presents: Mark-Anthony Turnage/ Sounding Out/ Neil Cowley Trio – 5 July

Music in Prisons (MIP) presents an evening of diverse music.

Epidemic - A new musical from Old Vic New Voices – 20-27 May

A new musical by Suzy Davies and Morgan Lloyd Malcolm for a 100-strong company of actors, vocalists and dancers selected through open auditions.

Old Vic New Voices commissioned writer Morgan Lloyd Malcolm and composer Suzy Davies to create a new musical inspired by thoughts and feelings of 250 Londoners who took part in a research stage last year. This will now be presented in the Old Vic Tunnels by a diverse volunteer company of 16 - 70 year olds made up of dancers, singers, backstagers and musicians.

Devising Psychosis, Jubilee Theatre, Newcastle – 29 April

A free collaborative afternoon of talks, performances, visual art, installation and conversation on the arts in wellbeing.

2pm – 5pm, St Nicholas Hospital
Newcastle Upon Tyne

Autobiographer, by Melanie Wilson, Toynbee Studios – 17 April to 5 May

This performance piece is a dramatic interpretation of a dementia diagnosis. Flora is a 76 year old woman. She is also 18, 33 and somewhere in her late forties…

Combining a poetic text and a bold score for voice and sound, Autobiographer draws the audience into Flora’s slowly unravelling mind. Fragments of stories and pulses of memory build layer upon layer into a curious, evocative portrait of a life refracted through the lens of dementia.  w: www.melaniewilson.org.uk

The Fantasist, Blue Elephant Theatre, London – until 17 March

The Fantasist imageCamberwell’s Blue Elephant Theatre is hosting a devised theatre pieceblending physical theatre, puppetry and original music to tell the story of a woman's battle with the swirl of extreme moods. Struggling with the tricks her mind plays on her, Louise yearns for sleep. Instead, she must take a strange journey with a surprise visitor in this exploration of bipolar disorder.

Anatomize, London – 20 April

Over several weeks and using the collections at the Hunterian Museum as initial source material; students from Rose Bruford College have designed a cutting-edge blend of sound, light and costume to create an Installation Promenade Performance. Anatomize aims to immerse people in the world of John Hunter and the collection of surgical and biological specimens.

Cardboard Citizens Three Blind Mice Showcase, Toynbee Studios – 28-29 November

Three Blind Mice poster imageCardboard Citizens is touring 40 hostels, day centres and prisons around London this autumn with a new Forum Theatre play performed by actors who have all experienced homelessness & will be visiting Toynbee Studios for two shows open to the general public.

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