MARY BARNES

Written by David Edgar



Drama Centre Production in repertoire with Herons

Platform Theatre, July 2017

Directed by Georgina Sowerby

Set and costume designer: Niall McKeever 

Lighting Designer: Alex Hopkins

Assistant Director: Ludwig Meslet  

Costume Supervisor: Robin (Bobby) Soutar

Design Assistant: Sam Dawood


In 1965, Mary Barnes arrives at Kingsley Hall, the first resident of an alternative treatment centre for mental illness founded by the controversial psychotherapist, R. D. Laing. Having undergone shock therapy and insulin injections for her schizophrenia with little result, it seems unlikely that Mary will ever leave institutional care.

But her life changes when she meets Joseph Berke, her therapist. Encouraged to regress to a childlike state, Mary discovers a way through her madness with the paints and crayons given to her by Berke, creating the fantastic canvasses and drawings which would later bring her fame as an artist.



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