“You said small spaces encourage large thoughts and... then you locked the door.”
When Annis, a young girl with autism, finds herself incarcerated in Lennox Castle Hospital, an institution, designed for the constraint of ‘the feeble minded’, her first impulse is to try and escape the brutal regime of punishment and medication. However, as she gets to know her fellow patients they introduce her to another world – a world exploding with colour and song. This is an enchanted castle in which the once-a-month disco offers an alternative reality to the daily doses of pills, punishments, and restraint.
Linda McLean has written a play with songs (by MJ McCarthy) about the strength, wit and resilience of those who were sent to Castle Lennox from the 1930s to the 1990s. This inspiring tale, based on a real institution, is brought to the stage as a collaboration between the Royal Lyceum Theatre Edinburgh and the brilliant Lung Ha Theatre Company (Dr Stirlingshire’s Discovery, We Are All Just Little Creatures).
BY: LINDA McLEAN
DIRECTOR: MARIA OLLER
DESIGNER: KAREN TENNENT
LIGHTING DESIGNER: SIMON WILKINSON
MUSICAL DIRECTOR: DAVID PAUL JONES
MOVEMENT: JANICE PARKER
MUSIC & SOUND DESIGN: MJ McCARTHY
AGE RECOMMENDATION: TBC
SHOW LENGTH: 75 MINUTES (NO INTERVAL)