‘Our mothers always remain the strangest, craziest people we’ve ever met.‘ (Marguerite Duras)
Based on a true story and from first-hand experience of schizophrenia, this new play by Scottish playwright Fiona Geddes and award-winning director Jessica Beck explores a young woman’s journey of understanding whilst caring for her schizophrenic mother.
Kirsty’s mother is inappropriate, embarrassing and definitely unusual. For 25 years Kirsty accepted crazy as conventional. All mothers are slightly insane, right? But Kirsty’s mother isn’t like all mothers… If you’re raised in madness who tells you what’s normal?
This solo show is a frank, funny and deeply touching tale of Kirsty McKenzie and her schizophrenic mother. Join Kirsty as she attempts to distinguish her mother from the madness, the one subject no one wants to mention.
Normal/Madness is touring Scotland through April/May 2015 – click here for full details
Background of the show:
Normal/Madness is based on the writer’s direct experience of schizophrenia within her family and has been developed with support from the Arts Council England and in consultation with medical professionals and the charity Rethink Mental Illness. Whilst candid and comical, at its core this story deals with a tension that is fundamental to the human condition: knowing one thing, suspecting it’s not ‘right’, but having no alternative.
One of the driving forces behind this piece is a direct rebellion against the isolation of experiencing schizophrenia. The illness goes unspoken both by her family members and the society around them, an alarming reality that has become a defining feature of living with mental health issues.
In society ‘crazy’ is viewed as the ‘other’, the unknown, people keep their distance from it; but for this young woman it formed the core of her familial structure. If you are raised in madness who tells you what’s normal?
★★★★★ ‘Geddes’ performance is one that is brave, frank and downright devastating… great theatre.’
★★★★ ‘Honest, moving… captures the complex interplay of duty and freedom and family’
– THE SCOTSMAN
★★★★ ‘Hilarious at times and heart-breaking in others… Normal/Madness is an unpretentious and authentic show that shouldn’t be missed.’
– THE EDINBURGH GUIDE
★★★★ ‘powerful and moving… funny, to the point of belly laughter (with) an almighty, but tactfully underplayed, emotional punch. An amazing debut.’
(Age guidance 14+)