Hearing Things

The Albany in Deptford continued its welcome patronage of old-fashioned political theatre with Philip Osment’s Hearing Things, a furious but deeply moving polemic about mental health care in the NHS. This production, directed by Jim Pope for Playing ON, featured David Annen, Jeanette Rourke and Seun Shote. Their performances were flawless, fizzing with anger but also full of humanity. Osment cleverly interwove plots and timelines, often mid-sentence, which meant fewer scene-changes to interrupt the narrative flow, although the decision to give his psychiatrist character a disastrous domestic life didn’t quite ring true. Despite this minor flaw, Hearing Things is an important new drama and this fine production thoroughly deserved the ovation it was given by an enthusiastic audience.

 

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