You can’t make it up: last night we were watching the agonies of the 19-year-old black woman and the 69-year-old former actress, sharing their problems with their mother and their psychiatrists.
Afterwards we were discussing the gaps and connections between personal and societal pains. The remarkable play highlights psychiatry as a ‘labelling industry’.
This morning I get the email from the excellent site Humans are Free:
- Non-Conformity and Anti-Authoritarianism Now Considered an Illness: ‘Opposition Defiant Disorder’ leading to
- The Brave New World of “Mental Health Disorders”.
I don’t know what it takes to change
- from feeling ‘victim’ of our parents, to free non-wounded spirits;
- from being marginalised as women (12% in science in technology), as blacks, as anorexics, as mental health patients to creative entrepreneurs doing meaningful work;
- from following mainstream media ‘prescriptions’ to questioning and seeking meaning in life our own way;
- from having been victimised by white collar criminals in horrendous home repossessions and bankruptcies to getting justice and compensation;
- from being in the imagination of an ageing actress to becoming real conversationalists
- from a seriously ill society to one that wails, heals and does better for future generations…
I think that friends would be therapists, if they knew how to listen and how to respond. But who teaches us communication?
Coming to join us in the delightful Lion and Unicorn pub in Kentish Town before and after the play is a beginning for joining likeminded thinkers and ‘feelers’.
Linking ‘personal therapy needs’ to ‘social healing strategies’ embrace topics of our conversations. The lovely pub has a front and a back garden.
Come! Join us ‘social healers’, inspired by Sally Willis and Rachel Summers and their Theatre of the Shared Unconscious.