Hearing Things

The Albany, April 2016

Moving and provocative new drama that opens a window to a closed world.

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.

For three years, Playing ON had been collaborating with psychiatrists, other staff and patients, drawing together the stories of those receiving and providing mental health care. Hearing Things was the result of that process.

Playing ON make quality theatre with communities whose voices are seldom heard.  They work in a variety of settings, generating theatre from improvisations inspired by real life experiences.


Written by Philip Osment

Directed by Jim Pope

Design by Miriam Nabarro and Jemima Robinsson

Lighting Design by Natasha Chivers

Sound Design by Rebecca Smith


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