“Its impact on the audience was startling”

Sir Ian McKellen (on Inside)


Evening Standard (on Inside)

“A rare and timely piece of drama”

Disability Arts Online

“Fascinating… An intriguing and poignant production”

London Theatre 1 


Presented by PLAYING ON

Celebrated theatre company PLAYING ON and multi award-winning playwright Philip Osment open 2019 with Hearing Things, a “honest and heartfelt drama” (A Younger Theatre) breaking through the surface of contemporary psychiatry from the points of view of patients, relatives and NHS staff.

Three performers act out lived experiences of hospital staff and patients in South London, examining how or if we heal and recover inside institutions.

Nicholas is a psychiatrist battling with the demands of his work. His father is showing early signs of dementia and he is finding it hard to cope. When an incident occurs involving one of Nicholas’ patients, his life is turned upside down…

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.

By Philip Osment
Directed by Jim Pope

Additional Events

Pre-Show Workshop On 22 Jan there will be a pre-show workshop exploring the Playing ON method – please email if you would like to reserve a space. First come, first served.

NHS Night On 23 Jan celebrated author Nicola Shaunghnessy joins Chief Medical Officer at East London NHS Trust Paul Gilluley in a post show panel, along with psychiatrists and service users from one of the projects run by Playing ON. Quote NHS10 for 10% off tickets online, at the box office or over the phone.
Panel members include:
Prof Frank Rohricht Medical Director for Research, Innovation and Medical Education at ELFT
Dr Hugh Grant-Peterkin Psychiatrist and Participant in Playing ON programme
Jim Pope Artistic Director of Playing ON
Jill Power Board member of Playing ON, having met the company as a Playing ON programme participant
Nicola Shaugnessy Editor of brand new text, Performing Psychologies, which is being launched at NHS night!

8 - 27 Jan 2019

(4pm Sundays)

Press Night: 10 Jan

£16, £13 concessions

Unreserved seating

Hearing Things | Trailer

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