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Takin’ Over the Asylum
WORLD PREMIERE A hilarious and profoundly moving adaptation of Donna Franceschild’s cult 90’s BBC TV series set in Glasgow. A co-production from Citizens Theatre and Royal Lyceum Theatre, Edinburgh. Watch Trailer
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 bastard, 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.
Featuring a fantastic R&B soundtrack including Soul Man, Rainy Night In Georgia and Can’t Get Next To You.
The production will also be at the Royal Lyceum Theatre Edinburgh from 13 March - 6 April.
A brand new stage play of the classic 90s BBC TV series.
User Rating ★★★★★
Rated: (5/5), based on 7 ratings
Audio Described 27 Feb
Signed 28 Feb
Captioned 7 Mar
Guide Dogs welcome
Recommended for 12+
POST SHOW DISCUSSIONWed 20 Feb With writer Donna Franceschild and director Mark Thomson
Directed by Mark Thomson
Designed by Alex Lowde
Lighting Design by Chris Davey
Cast includes: Iain Robertson, Brian Vernel, Helen Mallon, Caroline Paterson, Molly Innes, Grant O’Rourke, Martin McCormick, Gayle Madine, Gregor Firth and Lucy Hollis.
“Director Mark Thomson receives fine performances right across a diverse cast.
The Telegraph ★★★★
“this magnificent ten-strong ensemble create a fine, irresistible piece of popular theatre, with a great, beating heart, wonderful tunes, and terrific jokes
The Scotsman ★★★★
”(a) moving, funny and heart-breakingly pertinent story”
The Herald ★★★★
“funny, moving, relevant…a fantastic piece of old-school theatre”
“blessed with a strong ensemble cast”
“not-to-be-missed…A Scottish ‘One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest’
“great writing, good music, a collection of fabulous characters facing unenviable challenges and a well structured story.”
“a grand entertainment that downplays the more serious side of mental illness.”
“fans of the TV series will recognise the play’s careful balance between poignant pathos and pointed comedy”
this tightly written and sharply crafted play is funny, heart-breaking and genuinely inspiring in equal measure.
The Public Reviews★★★★ (4.5 stars)
“blurs the line between mentally ill…and “sane”...to show that despite the labels given to us, ultimately we are all people.”
TV Bomb ★★★★★
“There’s nothing preachy or sentimental about Franceschild’s script. The high entertainment value comes from its raft of visual gags…and glibly funny lines”
The Times ★★★★
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