Where: New Diorama Theatre, 15-16 Triton Street, Regent’s Place, London NW1 3BF
£: Tickets cost £10 – £15
What is it?
Still Ill is a story about psychosomatic illness and Functional Neurological Disorder, told with the help of real sufferers and experts. Still Ill is on at the New Diorama Theatre in London from Tuesday 1st to Saturday 19th November.
Kandinsky theatre company, renowned for staging real, often dark subject matter with their innovative, distinctive use of movement and visuals, will tackle the contentious topic of psychosomatic illness and Functional Neurological Disorder (FND) in this brand new production.
Like many young actors, Sophie earns extra money by playing a ‘patient’ for medical students to practise on. But as her career begins to take off and she gets the job of a lifetime in a TV medical drama, her body begins to betray her. This time, the symptoms are all too real.
Inspired by extensive research with FND sufferers and medical professionals, Still Ill employs testimony from experts on this surprisingly common, little-understood condition, to create a vivid, visceral and darkly comic exploration of how and why people suffer debilitating symptoms with no known medical cause.
Functional Neurological Disorder is a condition in which patients experience neurological symptoms such as weakness, movement disorders, sensory symptoms and blackouts, but with no discernible organic cause in their brain or nervous system. It is a controversial topic in the medical world due to the lack of certainty and competing theories surrounding its causes and best courses of treatment.
In order to create Still Ill, Kandinsky have employed the help of those living with the condition, support group FND Hope, and medical experts such as Dr Timothy Nicholson from King’s Institute of Psychiatry.
Kandinsky was founded in 2005 by James Yeatman and Al Smith, with previous works including the Sunday Times Playwriting Award-winning Enola, and Carol Tambor Award-nominated double-bill The Bird and The Bee.
More info: www.newdiorama.com