Canoe Theatre delivers it’s first offering to Sherman Cymru this month, with a comically dark and emotionally provoking drama about a young man on the verge of being released from his detainment under the Mental Health Act. The protagonist, Christopher (played by Simon Mokhele) has been diagnosed with Borderline Personality Disorder and is due to be released from his 28 day confinement, only to be caught between a fragile NHS and two conflicting doctors with career led motivations.
The drama was originally produced in 2000 by the National Theatre, and still resonates deeply with audiences today. It is an intense fusion of race, institutional politics and the problematic issues of mental health. Although being strongly rooted in social issues, it is described by the director Julia Thomas as being “honest, funny and well-observed” and is considered one of the top dramas to be written and produced by the National Theatre. This new production by Canoe Theatre will be a welcome addition to Sherman Cymru, and also stars Matthew Bulgo, known for his role in The Sleeping Beauties. The audience will no doubt feel the sting of social satire- but they will be gifted with a tale to remember.
words SHELLY-MARIE PHILLIPS
Sherman Cymru, Cardiff, Tues 21-Thurs 23 Jan. Tickets: £12 Info: 029 2064 6900 / www.shermancymru.co.uk