Written and directed by Jeremy Weller, ‘Mad’ featured nine women who, amongst others, had replied to a newspaper advert and offered to tell their experiences of mental illness. The cast were supported by two male professional actors and the production also featured a female caretaker and an ex-soldier.
Developed with the help and advice of the then General Manager of the Mental Health Service and a psychologist, ‘Mad’ explored the experiences of its cast members and through those questioned society's vision of madness. The stage was empty bare twelve chairs, eleven of which were placed in a semi-circle facing the audience. The twelfth chair, the Director's chair, was placed with its back to the audience. The audience was seated on the same sort of chairs, level with the stage.
"To see moments from my life, up on stage, being played out in front of my very own eyes was the most theraputic experience of my life...being in the play helped me to feel like a human being again."