The experience of mental illness resonates across the generations in this unique immersive theatre experience, combining installation, performance and live music. Inspired by archive material and contemporary contributions, audiences are invited to connect with thought provoking personal and professional stories of mental health through the ages.
To give you a taste of what you will experience:
Registry - this performance will address the registration and initiation of patients into the asylum.
Grounded Spire – space two will house an impression of the spire which dominated Coney Hill. It was destroyed by fire in 1999. This recreation is the work of architects Katherine Spence and Carlotta Novella and will be displayed with special lighting effects.
Containment – within this space which deliberately will feel stuffy, there will be a recreation of a patient’s room.
Airing Court – audiences will be released into the open space which they will share with some livestock which were often part of an asylum – a precursor to today’s animal therapy.
Exposure – the audience them moves through to another area of the building where a dancer will perform.
Printing Press – you may have heard recently a programme on Radio 4 about a printer, Stan Lane, who still produces beautiful books with the monotype printing system which was invented more than 100 years ago. He will be in Blackfriars with the“mobile” version of his press to print a poem written by the Never Better Director, which will be given to each audience member.
The Never Better experience will end back in the Nave of the Priory where our community choir will honour all those who suffered in asylums by singing our specially-commissioned piece by composer, Kate Whitley, “Requiem for a Lunatic”.
The piece lasts 1½ hours.
Suitable for ages 12+
The reference code for this event is CV04
You must prebook your tickets before arriving at this event