Mediterranean roasted vegetables. Finnish Folk and Margaret Drabble. Adolf Hitler and the knitted cover for a toilet roll. An audience split in two experiencing auditory hallucinations. The new work from acclaimed theatre company Ridiculusmus is inspired by a treatment method for psychosis that has virtually eradicated schizophrenia from Western Lapland. The text is syncopated and harmonised throughout with duets on words and phrases, cooking up a dizzying concoction of memory, delusion and reality that culminates in a unified third act of denouement set between the past and present - the crucial defining moment of the protagonist's life. It conjures up a comic nightmare of delusion while offering hopeful world of polyphonic uncertainty, a world where dialogue can transform your life.
Ridiculusmus has been producing seriously funny theatre for over 20 years. The company is led by David Woods and Jon Haynes, who write, direct and perform. Ridiculusmus' origins are in the shadowlands of theatre and comedy. They began as a rabble of graduates from the Poor School in London adapting comic novels for the London fringe and have evolved over the last quarter century into a robust double act. Driving and leading as author-actors, the company's co-artistic directors David Woods and Jonathan Haynes have established the company as a flagship UK performance group touring nationally and internationally with works passionately wrought from minimal resources, and with an oxymoronic aim: to be both serious and funny.