Out of Character Performance

Out of Character Performance

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Quad South Hall, York St John University

Lord Mayor's Walk


YO31 7EX

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Voices of Reason

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'We have lost reason in our hearts and we fail to act for fear of the worst’

The year is 1812 and York has a dark and dreadful secret. County Magistrate Godfrey Higgins is enjoying a quiet and uneventful life until the truth begins to creep into his respectable world shattering everything he believes in. There follows a series of extraordinary encounters which will not only disturb the polite society of York but the nation itself. Voices of Reason is the true and important story of mental health reform which has a powerful resonance for our times.

Out of Character present a live multi-sensory audio drama which will transport you into the many worlds of Georgian England including a terrifying glimpse behind locked doors which are rarely opened. A vast array of colourful characters including a ‘mad’ King, a prophetic vicar and a sinister house-keeper provide a dark winter’s tale with hope at its centre.

These incredible events have to be heard to be believed…

Biography: Out of Character is an award-winning company of artists and performers comprising of people who use or have used mental health services. Their bold, creative and darkly comedic approach to making theatre aims to stir both the mind and the heart. Audiences on social media have described their work as compelling, excellent, deeply affecting, intense, beautiful, clever, articulate, challenging, powerful, poignant, and thought-provoking. Their last live show, a co-production with York Theatre Royal, Less Than Human was listed by The Yorkshire Post as one of their top 5 'must-see' shows.

Location: York St John University, Quad South Hall

Time: 7.30pm - 9.30pm

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