A Malady of Migration


In an era when the issues of migration and mental health are seldom out of the news, our new show – A Malady of Migration – explores why the mid 19th century saw a prevalence of mental disorders amongst Irish migrants, in the second part of our Asylum Trilogy.  As with the first part in the trilogy – last year’s Trade in Lunacy – the production combines original music, song and sharp characterisation, vividly bringing to life a series of intertwining stories with humour, insight and compassion.

Characters and events in the show are based on case notes, historical evidence and academic research by our fantastic collaborators from the Centres for the History of Medicine in Warwick and Dublin (UCD). The piece aims to open up conversations about mental illness and its history – so do please pass on the word to anyone you think might be interested in these topics.

We’re performing in intimate venues again, so it might be wise to book tickets sooner rather than later – especially for Thursday evenings, when we will again have an expert panel exploring the issues, after the performances in both locations: this was packed out for Trade in Lunacy, and we had great feedback from those who came to it. We are also running a more informal post show discussion after the Saturday lunchtime performances, when you can chat to the creative team and the researchers over a cuppa.

ShopFront Theatre, City Arcade, Coventry: Thurs 26th – Sat 28th June 2014, 1pm & 7pm  Tickets 0845 680 1926 or online at http://www.oxboffice.com/Search.aspx?pid=1171

The New Theatre, Temple Bar, Dublin: Thurs 3rd – Sat 5th July 2014, 1pm & 7.30pm Tickets from The New Theatre
Tel: +353 (0)1 670 3361 or online at http://entertainment.ie/show-/The-New-Theatre/A-Malady-Of-Migration/event-2719658.htm