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BEDLAM Festival of Divine Madness 19 – 25 October 2015

Published: 07/10/2015


Mental illness has influenced some of the greatest theatre of all time, both on and off stage, but is still rarely openly discussed. The REP, in association with our Trust, is bringing this topic to the forefront with the second BEDLAM Festival of Divine Madness - a festival dedicated to mental health featuring some of the area’s leading writers and performers.

The last Bedlam Festival won the 2014 Positive Mental Health Award and we are confident that this year’s exciting programme of drama, theatre, comedy, poetry and workshops will continue to demonstrate how the arts can play an important part in reducing stigma and promoting recovery and wellbeing. The festival seeks to make connections between the public, the arts and community organisations and to strengthen the developing partnership between The REP and our Trust.

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The festival hub is the Birmingham Repertory Theatre but there will also be events around the city, and in order to reach out to people that cannot access the festival programme, we will be taking performances into mental health settings.

Jump! a play by award winning playwright Charlene James, was developed in the last BEDLAM and will be a highlight of this year’s festival. US-born comedian, Ruby Wax, also delivers a funny and insightful look at how we can rewire our thinking in Sane New World.

We do hope that you will join us for this exciting, entertaining and enlightening festival.

Several events are free, please visit www.birmingham-rep.co.uk/event/rewriting-stigma for more details of the programme or download the PDF brochure below.