Ridiculusmus

Ridiculusmus Mental Health Trilogy: Dialogue as the Embodiment of Love 

Since 2014 Ridiculusmus have been forging a reputation for transforming complex mental health issues into warm, witty and accessible performance. Engaging with some of our last taboos, this deeply human trilogy depicts the collision between psychiatry, psychology and the pharmaceutical industry, exploring the healing potential of altered states of consciousness. A clarion call for social inclusion. You can book tickets for individual Ridiculusmus shows, or if you are feeling adventurous, you could book to experience the whole trilogy in one day (Sat 19 May).

The trilogy

Give Me Your Love

A funny, fragile and profound fable based on ground-breaking medical research and real-life war testimonies.

Ex-soldier and budding rock star Zach has withdrawn into a cardboard box in a kitchen in West Wales. His friend Ieuan arrives offering recovery – in the form of a capsule containing 3,4 methylenedioxymethamphetamine, with which he claims to have successfully treated his own post-traumatic stress.

Parachuted into their recently fractured pasts, Zach and Ieuan swing between dreamboat heroism and woozy enlightenment, via a head-warping exchange on patriotism, conflict and supermarket shopping that will tickle, move and appal you in equal measure.

Tobacco Factory Theatres, Sat 19 May, 12pm 

The Eradication of Schizophrenia in Western Lapland

The Eradication of Schizophrenia in Western Lapland is a dual family drama about recovery from schizophrenia. It simultaneously stages the first psychotic episodes of a mother and son as they navigate stress and change with fantastical results involving Finnish Folk, Margaret Drabble, Adolf Hitler and the knitted cover for a toilet roll. 

Their two interconnected stories are performed to separate but adjoining auditoria in the same theatre space, audible but unseen to each other. At half time they switch seats and the action is replayed, mapping a pathway to recovery through dialogical understanding of their situation.

The Southville Centre, Sat 19 May, 3pm

Complicated Grief

Indie theatre legends David Woods and Jon Haynes of Ridiculusmus play two crustaceous elders putting off death in a snail-paced farce.

A slapstick comedy 45 about hanging on, dying and grieving, played at 33rpm by two ancient insect types.

Tobacco Factory Theatres, Sat 19 May, 8pm

To book the trilogy, call Tobacco Factory Theatres Box Office on 0117 902 0344, or visit their box office in person.

“Ridiculusmus Mental Health Trilogy: Dialogue as the Embodiment of Love Since 2014 Ridiculusmus have been forging a reputation for transforming complex mental health issues into warm, witty and accessible performance. Engaging with some of our last taboos, this deeply human trilogy depicts the collision between psychiatry, psychology and the pharmaceutical industry, exploring the healing potential of altered states of consciousness. A clarion call for social inclusion. You can book tickets for individual Ridiculusmus shows, or if you are feeling adventurous, you could book to experience the whole trilogy in one day (Sat 19 May).”

Everything Theatre on The Eradication of Schizophrenia in Western Lapland

“A cross between a Beckett play and a Monty Python sketch”

The Sydney Morning Herald on Give Me Your Love