Still Ill at New Diorama
Thursday 4 January 2018
Off-West End - Shows
Kandinsky's acclaimed medical drama, Still Ill, about psychosomatic illness and Functional Neurological Disorder, returns to New Diorama from 16 to 27 January 2018.
Photo by David Monteith-Hodge
As common on neurology wards as MS, Functional Neurological Disorder looks and feels like a problem with the workings of the brain.
It 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.
With three actors and live music, Still Ill looks at the search for meaning that follows a difficult diagnosis - and how it feels to be told there's nothing physically wrong with you when your brain is telling you you're sick.
Still Ill was developed throughout 2015 and 2016 through extensive research with FND sufferers, patient advocacy group and doctors, including principal medical adviser Dr Tim Nicholson, Neuropsychiatry Consultant at the South London & Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust and NIHR clinician scientist at the Institute of Psychiatry Psychology & Neuroscience, King's College London.
The production is supported by Complicite, Unity Theatre Trust, Royal Victoria Hall Foundation, The Thistle Trust, the New Diorama Emerging Companies Fund and supported using public funding by the National Lottery through Arts Council England.
About the company
Kandinsky was founded in 2005 by James Yeatman and Al Smith, with previous works including the Sunday Times Playwriting Award-winning exploration of our hubristic suburban ignorance of nuclear war, Enola; ambitious, Carol Tambor Award-nominated double-bill The Bird and The Bee; and the raucous murder-mystery-comedy-thriller Dog Show, which followed victims of a serial dog killer.
Dog Show ran at New Diorama Theatre last autumn, winning the Peter Brook Festival Award and the OffWestEnd Award for Best Ensemble.
Author: Devised by the company from material by Lauren Mooney, Al Smith and James Yeatman
Composer: Zac Gvirtzman
Director: James Yeatman
Lighting: Joshua Gadsby
Visual effects: Harry Yeatman
Production: Lauren Mooney for Kandinsky
New Diorama Theatre
15-16 Triton Street
London NW1 3BF
16 to 27 January 2018
£15; £12 concessions