Presented by PLAYING ON

Provocative drama affecting real change in mental health treatment
Hearing Things explores the dilemmas of psychiatry from the points of view of patients, relatives and staff. Based on experiences of psychiatrists and patients, the ‘healthy’ and the ‘ill’, looking at how and if people heal and recover inside institutions.

Created using a unique collaborative process between patients, psychiatrists and mental health staff, Playing ON have drawn together the stories of those receiving and providing mental health care. Hearing Things is the result of that work – a process which has instigated real change in the lives of patients.

Playing ON aimed to demonstrate to hospital staff how theatre-devising techniques can be used to build rapport and create empathy among service users.

As part of the writing process, staff and patients at the Maudsley Hospital in south London took part in a drama programme in April 2014. Improvisations were used as material for the finished play, with clinicians and those receiving treatment swapping roles. As a direct result of these workshops, two patient’s progress was so great that doctors allowed their early discharge.

By Philip Osment
Directed by Jim Pope

8 - 27 Jan 2019

(4pm Sundays)

Press Night: 10 Jan

£16, £13 concessions

Unreserved seating

“Playwright Philip Osment creates a compelling group portrait of seven frustrated — not to mention frustrating — young men in prison…what’s unmistakable is the gripping ensemble dynamic that director  Jim Pope and his committed young cast convey. ”

Fiona Mountford, Evening Standard on Inside

“Its impact on the audience was startling and, for me, it was a most convincing theatrical representation of life in prison.”

Sir Ian McKellan on Inside

“This is a rare and timely piece of drama on this increasingly urgent subject. It comments sensitively and astutely on the mental health system, exposing the ways in which its flaws and its inherent complexities affect both professionals and those receiving treatment.”

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