Based on the extraordinary memoir by Arnhild Lauveng, it tells a unique personal story of living with and recovering from schizophrenia – a contentious prognosis that challenges our perception and understanding of the condition.
This bold and inventive new production interrogates this controversial text with insights from world-leading psychologists, psychiatrists and neuroscientists.
Following Belarus Free Theatre’s furious production of Sarah Kane’s 4.48 Psychosis, which is blacklisted in their homeland, BFT have fearlessly continued to use theatre to excavate social taboos. Tomorrow I Was Always A Lion continues this journey of provoking and challenging the deepest questions of our humanity.
Every performance of Tomorrow I Was Always A Lion will be followed by Belarusian cuisine and a platform discussion in partnership with Young Minds. Audiences and scientific experts will share their responses to issues raised in the production, such as the nature of schizophrenia, recovery from mental illness, social and cultural stigmas, the brains of dictators and the impact of imprisonment on the brain. Discussions will also explore the role of collaboration between the science community and the arts, and how arts can support better understanding of mental health issues.
An engrossing and provoking evening, brilliantly making its case
Taut and thrilling stagecraft... Captivating
Absorbing, wryly humorous and curiously beautiful