Theatre Témoin present THE FANTASIST Derby Theatre - STUDIO Sat 15 June
A stunning exploration of the glorious heights and murky depths of bipolar disorder.
As part of a nationwide tour, from Cornwall to Scotland, the 5 star-rated production of The Fantasist, presented by Theatre Témoin, will show in the Studio at Derby Theatre for one night only on Saturday 15 June.
“Astonishingly powerful” Fringe Review
Stunning life-size puppetry, created in collaboration with War Horse’s Robin Guiver, combines with object manipulation, physical theatre and original music in this highly imaginative, surreal and disturbing story of a woman battling bipolar disorder. Informed by medical experts, The Fantasist emerges as part of a wave of puppetry that is growing exponentially since the West End success of War Horse and similar highly visual puppetry shows. Touring the UK as one of the sell-out successes of the Edinburgh Fringe 2012, the unique and hypnotic visual style of this production explores a deeply personal story of mental illness to powerful theatrical effect.
The Fantasist runs alongside Mental Health Awareness week 2013 (May 13-19). It was developed between 2011 and 2012 from personal experience and medical research with the North East London NHS Foundation Trust (NELFT). The lead performer has been a carer for her mother throughout her adult life, and has direct experience with the extremes of bipolar disorder. The personal story behind this play has helped it become a vehicle for approaching the taboo subject of mental illness in a way that is non- didactic, funny and theatrically exciting.
In the mind of the fantasist, the real and the fanciful become dangerously blurred. As Louise gazes into the night, her fancy takes form. Objects move, time changes … and a seductive stranger opens up a world of exhilaration and magic. But everything comes at a price…
Tickets: £9, concessions £6. For more information and to book tickets call the Box Office on 01332 59 39 39 or visit www.derbytheatre.co.uk