Wednesday, 25 June 2014

A Malady of Migration: theatre production in Coventry and Dublin

At a time when the issues of migration and mental health are seldom out of the news, the Centre for the History of Medicine in Ireland (CHOMI) has worked with the Centre for the History of Medicine at the University of Warwick (CHM) and Talking Birds theatre company to develop a new theatre production which explores why the mid-nineteenth century saw a prevalence of mental disorders among Irish migrants.The new piece is called 'A Malady of Migration' and is based on research being carried out by Professor Hilary Marland of Warwick and Dr Catherine Cox of University College Dublin, in a project called Madness, Migration and the Irish in Lancashire, c.1850-1921, funded by the Wellcome Trust. They are supported by postgraduate students and others, who will conduct supplementary research and take supporting roles in the drama.

There will be an expert panel discussion after the Thursday evening performances in each venue and a post performance discussion on Saturday lunchtime, providing opportunities for audience members to discuss the making of the piece with researchers and the theatre company, and to engage in debate on issues raised by the performances. A series of short briefing sheets have been produced to complement the drama and provide background information. These can be accessed here.

Check out the Malady of Migration website here!


Shop Front Theatre, City Arcade, Coventry CV1 3HW (opposite Argos):
Thurs 26th to Sat 28th June 2014
1pm - £6 (£3) and 7pm - £8 (£4)
Box office 0845 680 1926

The New Theatre, Temple Bar, Dublin:
Thurs 3rd to Sat 5th July 2014
1pm - €8 (€4) and 7.30pm - €10 (€5)
Box office 01 670 3361

A Malady of Migration

Madness, migration, and the Irish in Lancashire, 1850-1921

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