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This Room

April 22, 2016 - April 27, 2016

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Design by: Alison Neighbour
Written and performed by: Laura Jane Dean

Devised by Laura Jane Dean with Daisy Orton, This Room is a piece created in 2015 about illness, recovery and what happens in our brains in between those two states. The performance follows Head Hand Head, Dean’s ‘powerful’ (Exeunt) show about obsessive compulsive disorder, which portrayed the disease as an injury rather than a personality flaw. This Room explores further the meaning of ‘being ill’ and ‘being well’, interrogating the neurological process behind our perception of whether we are ‘ok’, or not. Initial performances were Battersea Arts Centre followed by a short tour to Cambridge Science Festival, and the Maudsley Hospital. The play now returns to the BAC and to the Old Fire Station in Oxford. Further details available from Laura Jane Dean’s Website.

Reviews for Head Hand Head include:

“Dark, mesmerising, and disconcertingly familiar… Laura’s story is so personal, and her delivery so relatable, that we’re completely invested in her reflections, and in the half-stifling mirror world she’s created.”  Exeunt Magazine

“A quietly devastating show, that blazes with honesty”  A Younger Theatre

“Nothing is off limits in Head Hand Head, and it is this which makes it captivating to watch”  ****Broadway Baby

“A gripping and powerful piece”  ****Three Weeks

“Our society looks at mental illness as a character flaw, as less serious than “real” injury. Laura’s triumph is showing us what it is. The truth is terrifying”  ****Festival Journal

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