DOI: 10.5040/9781408185636.00000003
Acts: 2. Scenes: 12. Roles: Male (5) , Female (6) , Neutral (0)

When Ready Eddie McKenna, Soul Survivor and replacement window salesman, arrives to re-launch a defunct hospital radio station in a psychiatric unit, he turns more than the ramshackle station upside-down. The whisky-drinking would-be DJ meets the irrepressible Campbell whose dreams seem untouched by reality, the hyper-organised Rosalie who is fighting a one-woman war against germs, the electronic genius Fergus whose voices tell him he’s a stupid bastard, and the brittle and self-destructive Francine.

As the patients battle with perception and prejudice as much as illness, Eddie, armed only with his soul music record collection, transforms their lives as well as his own in this hilarious and profoundly moving play.

The world premiere of Takin’ Over the Asylum was first performed at the Citizens Theatre, Glasgow on 14 February 2013 before transferring to the Royal Lyceum Theatre, Edinburgh on 13 March 2013.

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Bloomsbury Publishing

Donna Franceschild

ISBN: 9781472507464

Series: Modern Plays

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