Now Then: Florence (extract)
An extract from Jessie Lawson’s podcast series, Now Then, that shares the stories of people who are over 70 years old. This is Florence’s story. Hear the full episode and more here
17 November – 12 December
Arcola Theatre, 24 Ashwin Street, Dalston E8 3DL
Cabinet of Cynics and Stepping Out Theatre presents: The Divided Laing
London, 1970. Experimental psychiatrist R.D. Laing is facing eviction from his pioneering acid-asylum in the East End’s Kingsley Hall. Local residents are up in arms – and to make matters worse, Ronnie’s revolutionary colleague David Cooper is flipping out on the roof…
With his personal life going down the pan and his mental state heading the same way, Ronnie takes an acid trip to the future to save the legacy of his therapeutic organisation, The Philadelphia Association. Will it be a one-way ticket to madness – or can breakdown sometimes mean breakthrough?
Alan Cox plays Ronnie Laing in this provocative, freewheeling comedy by the acclaimed playwright and journalist Patrick Marmion.
Michael Kingsbury (In Lambeth, Ying Tong) directs the world premiere production on the 50th anniversary of The Philadelphia Association and of Laing’s experimental asylum at Kingsley Hall in Bromley by Bow.