Talk

Theatre (drama, historical)

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  • Accessibility:
    Captioning
    Audio Described
    Sight not needed
    Hearing not needed
    May not apply to all performances. You'll find more information about accessibile performances and how to book tickets in the accessibility tab below.
  • Babes in arms policy: Babies do not require a ticket
  • Policy applies to: Children under 2 years

Description

Bethlem Royal Hospital, 1854. The criminal wing for the insane. Two doctors set out to reform patient treatment. They prefer conversation over punishment; they offer care, rather than restraint. But the Commission for Lunacy has other ideas. Two patients get caught in the crossfire as their radical plans unravel. Based on the life of Richard Dadd, this thought-provoking and stylish performance asks whether talk can provide a cure? Following a sell-out run at Marlowe Theatre, Parrot Theatre Company brings you an accessible production, captioned for those with hearing loss.

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General venue access

  • Captioning
    Audio Described
    Sight not needed
    Hearing not needed
  • Accessible entry: One full flight of stairs and one quarter-flight of stairs up from street level, approx 800mm wide at narrowest.
  • Wheelchair access type: Not fully wheelchair accessible

  • Stairs: 20+
    Number of stairs is provided as guidance and is not in addition to any wheelchair access type (lift/ramp etc) stated above.

Each venue can contain several space with different accessibly information. Visit the venue page for full venue accessibility info


Audio described performances

  • Dates: 11 August, 12 August, 13 August, 14 August, 15 August, 16 August, 17 August
  • Type: Integrated
  • Booking options: You can book independently online, or contact our access team to book your tickets and request any specific seating locations or if booking a unit is required.
  • More about this show: Listen to audio flyer

Captioned performances

  • Dates: 11 August, 12 August, 13 August, 14 August, 15 August, 16 August, 17 August
  • Type: Open
  • Booking options: You can book independently online, or contact our access team to book your tickets and request any specific seating locations or if booking a unit is required.

How and when to make an access booking

Our access tickets service is available to anyone who:

  • Would like to book specific accessibility services, e.g. a hearing loop, audio description headsets, captioning units, seating in relation to the location of the BSL interpreter
  • Requires extra assistance when at a venue
  • Has specific seating requirements
  • Is a wheelchair user
  • Requires a complimentary personal assistant ticket to attend a performance

Lesley Warner 121 days ago

This powerful and moving play explores the way patients in 19th century psychiatric hospitals were treated, as the prevailing practice changed from one in which restraint played a large part to a more open, talking-based approach in which artistic expression was also valued. Based on the true story of Richard Dadd, a talented artist who murderd his father and was detained in the Bethlem Hospital, it presents the conflict between the old and new ideas, played by a very talented cast. Do catch the final performance on Saturday.


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