Hearing Things @ ORTUS

RE:CREATE Psychiatry are pleased to present: Playing ON Theatre Company’s Hearing Things

 A free lunchtime performance at the ORTUS Mezzanine, introduced by Dr Dele Olajide on Friday 3rd February, 12.30pm – 1.30pm.

Inviting all mental health professionals and those with lived experience to a moving and provocative drama that opens a window onto the closed world of psychiatry. A convivial drop-in performance where you are welcome to stay for a scene or the entire play.

Funny and engaging, and written by Writer’s Guild award winner Philip Osment, ‘Hearing Things’ draws together the stories of those receiving and providing mental health care. By examining the difficulties of managing risk against the backdrop of an understaffed ward, the play considers the relationships between psychiatry and medication, doctor and patient.

‘Hearing Things’ is a production by Playing ON, who for the past 5 years have been collaborating with psychiatrists, staff and patients, pulling together their stories to develop an urgent new show. The show has been created through development partnerships with some of the most prominent organisations working in mental health, and through workshops with residents at both Homerton and Maudsley Hospitals – culminating in performances in Maudsley’s locked wards and at the Albany Theatre as part of the Mental Health Foundation’s Anxiety Festival.

On Friday 3rd February, this highly acclaimed play will be brought to ORTUS by RE:CREATE Psychiatry to mark a new phase in Playing ON research and new collaborative work between Playing ON and RE:CREATE Psychiatry. This collaboration will result in an exciting new workshop programme exploring how performance techniques can help mental health professionals gain a vital, expanded, experiential understanding of the key issues that affect service-users in and out of the ward.

The collaboration between Playing ON and RE:CREATE Psychiatry forms part of the creative engagement provision of the RE:CREATE Psychiatry project – specifically working to explore the impact traditionally fixed roles have on the wellbeing of both service-users and mental health professionals through experiential learning. Workshops focused by creative activities and techniques enable RE:CREATE Psychiatry to create alternative settings and atmospheres for doctor/patient interaction – resulting in the suspension of the power dynamic currently inherent in the psychiatric encounter and allowing for a different, open, and authentic dialogue between service user and service provider.

A theatre focused workshop series will be delivered by Playing ON and RE:CREATE Psychiatry at The Dragon Café every Monday this March. Join us at the Ortus on Friday 3rd February to find how you can get involved in this exciting programme or email amneet@mentalfightclub.com for further information.


Ortus Learning and Events Centre is at 82-96 Grove Lane, Camberwell, SE5 8SN. Directions can be found here