“I was born with a bomb in my head. You can’t know what it’s like to constantly fear your own mind”.
Pop Sheeran shoulders the family trade of restoring Scotland’s iconic Forth Rail Bridge with pride. In Pop’s head lurks an illness that has been kept stable by modern medicine, his loving wife, and teenage daughter. But his stability, family and sanity are threatened when he discovers that his bridge has been put up for sale. To make matters worse, a young Englishman arrives at his home catching the eye of his teenage daughter.
Al Smith’s Diary of a Madman is the portrait of a man spiralling towards insanity, when his senses of personal, professional and national identity are all challenged.
Directed by Artistic Director, Christopher Haydon.
Running time: 1 hour 45 minues, no interval
Photo credit: misfitfilms
Liam Brennan nominated for an Offie Award for Best Male Performance
GATE DEBATE: Behind the "madness"
Join us for a discussion exploring the mental health issues raised in the play. Our panel will include Director, Christopher Haydon, Playwright, Al Smith, and Psychiatrist Hugh Grant-Peterkin.
Hugh is a Senior Registrar in adult & older adult psychiatry who has worked as a psychiatrist in south and east London since 2007; during this time he has worked in both in-patient and community setting with people experiencing psychotic symptoms. He has an interest in theatre and the representation of mental distress and has studied devised theatre at LISPA (a Lecoq theatre school) for two years.
For a PDF version of Diary of a Madman free cast and creatives sheet click here.
Check out our trailer for the show!
(Contains some strong language.)