Theatre performances at Rich Mix, Shoreditch, London on 9 & 10 October
Following the successful run of Disorder Contained at Coventry, Dublin and Belfast we are delighted to confirm the London venue and dates for this show.
35-47 Bethnal Green Road, Shoreditch, London E1 6LA
Mon 9 Oct, 7.45 pm
Tue 10 Oct, 2.30 pm & 7.45 pm
A post-show conversation with expert contributors will follow each performance.
- Show Announcement
- Press Release
- Theatre, Dates and Venue Information
- Audio flyer
- Reflective blogs (on translating historical research into accessible theatre)
- Disorder Contained: Reading
- Book now!
Disorder Contained: A theatrical examination of madness, prison and solitary confinement is a major public engagement activity for the Wellcome Trust funded project Prisoners, Medical Care and Entitlement to Health in England and Ireland 1850-2000. It draws on the work of Associate Professor Catherine Cox (UCD) and Professor Hilary Marland (Warwick) and forms the final part of The Asylum Trilogy exploring various aspects of the history of mental health.
The production, created with Talking Birds and to be performed in Coventry, Dublin, Belfast, and London during 2017, will be accompanied by Expert Panel Discussions as well as Post-show Artistic Conversations which will be recorded along with a performance.
Concerns about the detrimental impact of the prison system on the mental health of inmates are mounting, putting pressure on prison staff, prompting governmental enquiries, and featuring persistently in the agendas of prison reform organisations.
But this isn’t today – this is the 1850s, when the ‘The Separate System’ – the spiritually-inspired adaptation of solitary confinement intended to enable prisoners to repent their crimes – is being introduced to British and Irish prisons. Prison chaplains, doctors and governors conceived this as a way for prisoners to reflect upon their crimes and reform.
Evidence is becoming overwhelming that the Separate System is causing hallucinations, delusions, and insanity. However, rather than being abandoned, the elements of penitence and reform are being discarded and transformed into a regime of deliberate punishment, one that has endured until the present.
Using contemporaneous documents, including prisoners’ memoirs, doctors’ casebooks, and the reflections of prison staff, Disorder Contained combines music, song, wit and compassion to explore the rationale behind this enduring and harsh system.
Disorder Contained at Rich Mix, Shoreditch, London
Monday 9 October, 7:45 pm
Tuesday 10 October, 2:30 pm & 7:45 pm
A post-show conversation with expert contributors will follow each performance