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Trade in Lunacy

Cure, containment, corruption: a theatrical examination of 18th century private asylums.

Professor Hilary Marland in collaboration with Talking Birds

Trade in Lunacy was a chamber theatre performance inspired by the practices of treating those diagnosed with ‘diseases of the mind’ in private houses set up by individual entrepreneurs to generate income and enhance claims to cure.
27th to 29th June 2013 - Performances were each day @ 2.00pm, 5.00pm and 6.30pm
Shop Front Theatre - (Theatre Absolute)

TRAILER - for the full performance and panel, please see our link below...


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Production and Panel Details


'Behind the Scenes'



Audience Comments

Performance and Panel Videos

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Assistant Researchers:

Jennifer Crane
Jane Hand
Claire Sewell

Image courtesy of Wellcome Library, London