TAKIN’ OVER THE ASYLUM


by Donna Franceschild



CHURCH HILL THEATRE

Morningside Road, Edinburgh


Wednesday 23rd - Saturday 26th
May 2018



Evenings at 7.30pm: 23rd, 24th & 25th

Matinee performance at 2.30pm: 26th


Tickets: £12.00(full) / £10.00(conc)


We are loonies! And we are proud!

When Ready Eddie McKenna, Soul Survivor and double-glazing salesman, arrives to re-launch a defunct hospital radio station in a psychiatric unit, he turns more than the ramshackle station upside-down. The whisky drinking would-be DJ meets the irrepressible Campbell whose dreams seem untouched by reality, the hyper-organised Rosalie who is fighting a one-woman war against germs, the electronic genius Fergus whose voices tell him he’s a stupid idiot, and the brittle and self-destructive Francine.

As the patients battle with perception and prejudice as much as illness, Eddie, armed only with his soul music record collection, transforms their lives as well as his own.

“Franceschild’s bittersweet comedy… stands as a metaphor for authoritarian oppression… Behind Franceshild’s brash, confrontational jokes is a plea for understanding of the damage done by circumstance.” - The Guardian

“Great writing, good music, a collection of fabulous characters… and a well structured story.” - Whatsonstage.com


Creative Team


Director
MIKE BROWNSELL
Scenic Design
tba
Lighting Designer
ROBERT FULLER
Sound Designer
PETER HORSFALL
Wardrobe
tba

The Cast

Eddie
PAT HYMERS
Campbell
PETER MORRISON
Francine
SARAH HOWLEY
Rosalie
LYNSEY SPENCE
Fergus
KEVIN EDIE
Stuart
RAY PATTIE
Evelyn
RUTH FINLAY
Aileen
JOANNA MEIKLEJOHN
 
 
Hector
RITZY RAJASWI
Margaret
KELLY SIMMONDS
Nurse
ANNE MACKENZIE