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Audience will be split ... literally

By West Briton  |  Posted: March 20, 2014

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THE Eradication Of Schizophrenia In Western Lapland is a major new work by Ridiculusmus Theatre Company, heading to Cornwall next week.

An audience is split into two to experience auditory hallucinations in a new work inspired by a treatment method for psychosis that has virtually eradicated schizophrenia in Western Lapland.

The first of a trilogy of work to be developed over the next five years focusing on mental health, The Eradication Of Schizophrenia In Western Lapland is an investigation of auditory hallucination through the lens of one family's experience of psychoses.

The audience is immersed in this recreation through an ambitious and innovative split staging arrangement: the action and dialogue from two different sequences of scenes are simultaneously performed to two different groups of audience in the same space.

The work is inspired by the "Open Dialogue" treatment method for psychosis developed by Dr Jaakko Seikkula in Finland.

Since its early days, Ridiculusmus has been touring its shows to audiences worldwide, taking them to sometimes unlikely venues. David and Jon, improvisers to the core, adapt the material to any environment, working with the context at hand.

This is their first visit to Cornwall for a number of years, and thanks to generous support from the Duchy Health Charity, the organisation which aims to help improve the wellbeing, health and care of people in Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly and to try to increase understanding of the health trends of our community, Carn to Cove audiences are able to see this show for a reduced ticket price of £5.

There are two chances to see it – on Friday, March 28, at 8pm at The Poly, Falmouth (01326 319461) and Saturday, March 29, at 8pm at Grampound Community Hall (01726 883874).

The show is suitable for audiences of 14 years and above. Don't wait too long to book your tickets though – because of the way the show is staged, places are limited in both venues.

The Carn to Cove website has more info on these shows, and you can also book tickets online at www.carntocove.co.uk and www.crbo.co.uk

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