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Dr Hills’ Casebook – online streaming event
July 11 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
The Upshoot Theatre Company, who brought Garden Theatre to Bungay during lockdown and hilarious pantos to the Fisher Theatre as well as many other productions at the Fisher and the Castle, have produced an extraordinary piece of theatre in Dr. Hills’ Casebook.
Dr. William Hills was the chief medical officer at the Norfolk County asylum. He was something of a visionary, taking a more holistic approach to mental health than his contemporaries.
Upshoot collaborated with the participants in a research-based programme (led by Richard Johnson) which encouraged people in South Norfolk living with mental health challenges to undertake research into patients of the Norfolk County Asylum, between 1861-1887, comparing past and present treatments and to stimulate conversations which would help their own wellbeing.
The project is a partnership between UpShoot Theatre Company, the Restoration Trust, Norfolk Record Office, and South Norfolk and Broadland District Council and, after challenging covid-restricted rehearsals, a play has emerged which is being live-streamed online from June 17th – June 25th. UPDATE – By popular demand another date has been added – Sunday 11th July.
The play tells the story of how Dr. Hills cared for his many patients, in a period of great poverty and negligible health and social care. Richard Johnson’s research informed the writing of the play, by Belona Greenwood.
Tickets are free and can be obtained through Eventbrite here.
For more on this event, and a video of the coverage from BBC’s Look East, click here.