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Did You Used to be R.D. Laing?
Friday 22 February 2019 @ 7:30 pm
Crathes Village Hall
Friday 22 February 2019
Mike Maran Productions
‘Did You Used to be R.D.Laing’ – the story of the controversial Scottish psychiatrist who rose to fame spectacularly in the 60s, denounced normality for being mad, opened safe houses where schizophrenics could voyage safely through their madness, retreated to India to meditate, and disappeared with the 70’s. A play written and performed by Mike Maran with a piano jazz score based on the music of Bill Evans, Chick Corea, Keith Jarrett, and Chopin by David Milligan performed by Alan Benzie.
R.D.Laing said it was mad to be normal and normal to be mad, he opened safe houses where schizophrenics could voyage safely through their distress, and then retreated to India.
R.D.Laing was outraged by the current theory and practice of psychiatric medicine in the sixties and fought for the human rights and civil liberties of people who were mentally ill. Some psychiatrists believe their profession is still trying to recover from the damage he caused. Others believe he developed a new and humane psychiatry. People loved him or hated him. Quintessentially Scottish, he preached, fought, drank, and suffered more than was good for him but was always a hugely sympathetic companion to those in distress.
Love him or hate him –you’d be crazy to miss this award winning show.
‘Beautifully crafted. I loved it.’ The Scotsman.
Winner of a Herald Angel at The Edinburgh Fringe for its outstanding contribution to the Edinburgh Festival
Tickets also available on the door but booking advisable.