The Guardian - The Eradication of Schizophrenia in Western Lapland review – 'A startling piece of work'

Earlier this year, Jon Haynes, co-artistic director of Ridiculusmus, listed on his blog several things that “may have contributed” to the company’s new show. One was reading a book by the psychiatrist RD Laing as an undergraduate and “finding the idea of madness quite attractive”; another, being sectioned and discovering that “madness wasn’t so attractive after all”. The four characters in The Eradication of Schizophrenia in Western Lapland are all experiencing or assimilating mental illness in ways that are funny, fragile, unsettling and touching to witness. Madness looks confusing, painful, exhausting. It also looks a lot like ordinary life.

The Guardian is a high-brow intellectual newspaper and it does attempt to cover subjects/topics that are controversial in an unbiased way.

Yet unfortunately schizophrenia is a very subjective experience.

But then again “ordinary life” can be quite insane.

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