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On from 04 Jun 2008 till 14 Jun 2008
by Grupo XIX de Teatro
Genre(s): Drama

About: Hysteria

A site-specific performance in The Great Hall at St Bartholomew’s Hospital

This performance takes place in the evocative surroundings of The Great Hall at St Bart’s Hospital. It explores the lives of 19th century women interred in mental institutions, often erroneously, and looks at the connections between their experiences and those of women today. How have conceptions of abnormality changed? What unites women across the centuries?

Like ghosts from a former time, the five performers interact with female members of the audience, gently questioning them about their lives. An engaging, tender and charming production.

Over six years, talented young Brazilian company Grupo XIX de Teatro has built its reputation on the creation of site-specific pieces in historic locations. It has won seven awards for its productions exploring the lives of ordinary people in former centuries.

Following performances in Brazil, Portugal and France, this is the company’s first visit to the UK.

Suitable for ages 14+ (Deals with adult themes)

4 – 14 Jun 2008

90 mins/no interval

Signed performance 9 Jun 7.45pm

12 Jun: Post Show Talk. Director Luiz Fernando Marques and company members in conversation. Free to same day ticket holders.

Please note: Men and women will be required to sit separately. Some audience members will be asked to sit on the floor. Please call the Box Office if you require a seat.


'I cannot remember being so touched by a performance – an extraordinary play.' Jornal Público (Portugal)

'A play of enormous quality that touches you deeply.' O Globo, Brazil

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