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Evidence of healing in The Eradication of Schizophrenia in Western Lapland Theatre & Performance Research Association Conference, University of Worcester, September 2015

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journal contribution
posted on 14.12.2020, 16:09 by Richard James Talbot
Conference Paper for Theatre and Performance Research Association Performance and the Body Working Group, Worcester, September 2015.

On performance practice and research, on interactions between mental health research and the performance practices of Ridiculusmus. Drawing on my experience
as a performer with Ridiculusmus in rehearsal for the company’s 2015 production The Eradication of Schizophrenia in Western Lapland. The paper analyses practices developed in dialogue with clinical-therapeutic approaches by Jaakko Sekkula during devising in Sydney Australia and Finland, and onto UK touring including the Edinburgh Festival.

Links to the audio visual resources cited in the paper are pasted here for convenience:

Page 2 Images: Rehearsal notes
Talbot. (2020) Google Photo Album.

Page 2 Salford Rehearsal Clip
Zarniko, K (Richard Talbot). Youtube. 2013. Ridiculusmus Residency 2.1
Accessed 14 December 2020

at 11:17mins David refers to piecing together.
at 12.11 mins John refers to real life

Page 4 and 5 Characters in Treatment
Ridiculusmus. Vimeo Site. 2014. Treatment meeting at Hameenlinna.
, at 28:29 [Accessed 14 December 2020]
also referred to in the paper's footnotes

Page 8 The Playscript
See Woods and Haynes. 2015 The Eradication of Schizophrenia in Western Lapland. London: Oberon (also referred to in the paper's footnotes)

Page 10 extract from Opening Scene

The opening featuring the chorus (later cut) is in the published play (2015)
We are a polyphony of voices.
We are who we are because
We listen to all voices in the group
And adhere to basic principles.
Tolerance of uncertainty is one.
A new approach to psychiatric care’s emerged
In which the basic elements of dialogue
Can lead to healing or,
If you don’t like that word,
To positive change.
What we want to do is
Open up the boundaries
And integrate family perspectives
Into psychotherapy.

Page 10 Image: the scrambled script:
Talbot. (2020) Google Photo Album.




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