Gaslight

by Patrick Hamilton 
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‘IF I AM MAD, BE PATIENT WITH ME’

Have you ever been ‘gaslighted’? Lost confidence in your convictions? Referred to as ‘crazy’ or ‘hysterical’? A chilling revamp of Patrick Hamilton’s iconic Gaslight comes to the Playground Theatre this autumn.

Bella hears footsteps from the attic and objects disappear from beneath her eyes: she thinks she is losing her mind and her husband, Jack, agrees. It isn’t until an outsider arrives that she shifts the accusations away from herself. Bella fights for control but can she discern what is real and what is false?

Gaslight challenges our views on emotional abuse and manipulation; the ease at which we can lose ourselves and our sanity. Today, Gaslight is more relevant than ever as the measure of acceptable behaviour, awareness and understanding of the psychological effects of abuse are hotly debated. Politicians exploit our views on Twitter, Love Island producers push emotional boundaries and the ridiculous rules of dating drive us mad. We face ‘gaslighters’ from all corners of society - but can we always spot them?

This production brings immediacy and modernity to Hamilton’s Victorian script: providing a fresh and feminist perspective as proof that we are in the midst of cultural change.
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We’re organising panel discussions to go with the production of Gaslight at the Playground Theatre.

We believe Gaslight has not dated and remains alarmingly relevant today. The play’s depiction of an abusive relationship can be viewed as a case study. We hope to bring the difficult themes of the play into our modern context. As an all female creative team, we hope to reclaim this Victorian thriller as an important contemporary warning about the risks of abuse within romantic relationships.

In order to fully and fairly address the difficulties involved in portraying mental illness and abuse through art, we are hosting a panel discussion after one of the performances:

‘Gaslight in Conversation: sensitivity, integrity and artistic responsibility’ will investigate the role of the creative and how to engage mental health specialists in the artistic process.

There will be representatives from mental health charities alongside creative industry professionals.

The panel will be held ‪at 9:30pm‬ after show finish on the 28th October‬.
Recommended for ages 12+
THIS PRODUCTION runs for approximately 1 hour and 45 minutes with an interval.
PERFORMANCES

Monday 21st October - 10th November 2019

Press Night
Thursday 24th October 2019

28th October 2019 includes a panel discussion after the performance.
Tickets (All unreserved)

General Admission £20

Concession (Student, unemployed, over 60, Under 26)
£18

10 for £10 
Cheap tickets for those who need them!

Location

The Playground Theatre
Latimer Rd London W10 6RQ

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