Takin’ Over the Asylum

Chandler Studio Theatre

26 May 2022 - 28 May 2022

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Takin’ Over the Asylum
by Donna Franceschild

Director: Mark Thomson

The re-launch of a hospital radio station in a psychiatric unit in Glasgow transforms lives in this bittersweet comedy.

Behind Donna Franceschild’s brash, confrontational jokes, is a plea for understanding of the damage done by circumstance.

Takin’ Over the Asylum was originally commissioned for the BBC and won several awards including a BAFTA for Best Drama Series.

The play was first performed at the Citizens Theatre in 2013, and this time is performed by third year BA Acting students from the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland.

“I have the great privilege of directing this young, talented group of actors as they stage their first production for a live audience in two years. So, it’s perhaps fitting that Takin’ Over the Asylum is a play about liberating people with mental health issues from a society that too often restricts, confines and defines. For our third year BA Acting students, this is their own ‘freedom’ production.” – Mark Thomson, Director.

The play will last approximately two and a half hours, including a short interval.

Content warning – This play is set in a psychiatric unit, contains references to sexual assault, child abuse, alcoholism, suicide, bi-polar, OCD. Contains self-harm.


About the director

Mark Thomson was Artistic Director of the Royal Lyceum Theatre Company for 13 years, during which time he directed over 25 productions and programmed 27 world premieres, including directing premieres from John Byrne, Jo Clifford, DC Jackson, Chris Hannan and Donna Franceschild.

Most recently he directed Waiting For Godot with Brian Cox and Bill Paterson, and DC Jackson’s I’m Dissolving My Love In A Bath Of Acid.

Mark’s own plays have been produced by the Citizens Theatre, Brunton Theatre and the Royal Lyceum Theatre. Mark has also directed plays at Brunton Theatre Company, Theatre Royal Stratford East, Royal Shakespeare Company and Nottingham Playhouse.

This is Mark’s sixth production for the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland.

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