The Vacuum Cleaner

The Metropolitan Police call him a domestic extremist. The NHS have described him as ‘highly disturbed’ and labeled him with Borderline Personality Disorder. ‘A real and present threat to the safe running of our lawful business’ is how E.ON described him at the Royal Courts of Justice.

He prefers the term mental.

After ten years of being an outlaw and inpatient, notorious artist activist ‘the vacuum cleaner’, famed for hijacking the Starbucks logo, parodying the Olympics twitter account and causing a minor riot by giving away 100,000 one cent Euros of free money presents an autobiographical performance told through his psychiatric records, police intelligence files and corporate injunctions, collected through the Data Protection Act.

This show contains material that some people may find upsetting and is not suitable for those under the age of 16.

“One of the most powerful portraits of creativity and depression I’ve ever seen… a heart-rending journey.”RealTime Arts

“Seeing Mental had and continues to have a profound effect on me. It’s affected how I watch theatre.” Maddy Costa


Co-presented with In Between Time. Made with support from Artsadmin and Arts Council England.

Photo credit: Sophie Nathan

Limited capacity. Advance booking only. No door sales.

*Mental takes place in a location that is accessible by a staircase only.  We worked really hard to find a location for the show which was accessible for everyone, but regrettably we were unable to find one.


From one man shows, to large scale participatory actions, the vacuum cleaner’s approach is both subtle and extreme, but always candid provocative and playful. He has received commissions from Tate Modern, ICA, Liverpool Biennial, BBC4, Channel 4 and Arte.

Location revealed on booking
Start Date
May 17, 2014
End Date
May 18, 2014
5pm & 9.30pm
£10 / £7
Running Time
60 mins
Age Guidance
Box Office Number
0117 987 7877
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