ISBN: 9781783191086
Binding: PaperBack

The Eradication of Schizophrenia in Western Lapland

Jon Haynes, David Woods


Mediterranean roasted vegetables. Finnish Folk and Margaret Drabble. Adolf Hitler and the knitted cover for a toilet roll. An audience split in two experiencing auditory hallucinations.

The new work from acclaimed theatre company Ridiculusmus is inspired by a treatment method for psychosis that has virtually eradicated schizophrenia from Western Lapland. The text is syncopated and harmonised throughout with duets on words and phrases, cooking up a dizzying concoction of memory, delusion and reality that culminates in a unified third act of denouement set between the past and present – the crucial defining moment of the protagonist’s life. It conjures up a comic nightmare of delusion while offering a hopeful world of polyphonic uncertainty, a world where dialogue can transform your life.

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ISBN13 9781783191086
Binding PaperBack


'Embedded here is an argument for a different treatment for mental illness, practised in Finland, that embraces dialogue with a community, not just a's a startling piece of work that challenges how you listen and fathom what you hear.' Guardian 

'Intelligent, formally liberated and bloody both seriously thought-provoking and seriously funny theatre, it sees Ridiculusmus (remaining) at the very top of their game.' Exeunt Magazine

‘Writers Jon Haynes and David Woods, drawing inspiration from the ‘Open Dialogue’ method of dealing with schizophrenia, have created a perplexing piece of theatre that baffles and confounds with precision and structural flair.’ Younger Theatre

‘As a theatrical approximation of what one might imagine insanity to be like it is remarkable, virtuosic stuff.’ Time Out

‘The piece is intriguing, and whilst it is not the most succinct or snappy piece of theatre you will ever see, it provokes a discussion which is most certainly needed.’ Public Reviews

‘Highly intelligent writing…This piece genuinely takes you into a land where you have nothing to hold on to.Everything Theatre

‘It is more thought-provoking than sensational and that seems entirely appropriate for a play which opens a dialogue on art and speech as therapy.’ What’s On Stage