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Ten Days in a Madhouse by Nellie Bly

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“I said I could, and I would. And I did.”


1887, New York. Reporter Nellie Bly, the pioneer of investigative journalism, fakes insanity and is admitted to an asylum to expose the treatment of its patients. Her report shocked the world and shone a light on those society had chosen to forget.

Ten Days in a Madhouse is a warning to us all – reminding us that true power is not measured by how institutions impose authority, but by the compassion they show, especially in moments of crisis.

From the award-nominated creative team that produced Moby Dick, So it Goes Theatre brings Nellie Bly’s incredible true story to life with irreverent humour, immersive sound and spectacular video design.

Wearing provided headphones, the audience will be transported inside the head of Nellie Bly as she undergoes a terrifying and life-changing journey.

PAY WHAT YOU CAN: On 14th and 21st June, for Lewisham residents.

CAPTIONED PERFORMANCES: Wednesday 15th, Saturday 18th & Wednesday 22nd June.

Captioning for this performance is provided by Difference Engine, delivering subtitles & audio description direct to your smartphone. Audience members requiring captioning will need to bring their smartphone & download the difference engine app in advance from the app or android store

Tickets: £16/£14 concessions.
Suitable for 14+

14 June-2 July 2022, 7:30pm
Jack Studio Theatre



Nellie Bly Lindsey Huebner

Fiona Kelly, Shemi Olaniran, Catherine Addy, Rob Peacock, Edward Spence

Adapted & Directed by Douglas Baker

Sound Design Calum Perrin

Lighting Design Jonathan Simpson

Video design Douglas Baker
Movement Director Matthew Coulton

Producer Lucie Regan

Asst. Producer Fiona Kelly

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