Lung Ha Theatre Company and Royal Lyceum Theatre Edinburgh
present the World Premiere of
By Linda McLean
Directed by Maria Oller
“You said small spaces encourage large thoughts… and then you locked the door.”
When Annis, a young girl with autism, finds herself incarcerated in Lennox Castle Hospital, her first impulse is to try and escape the brutal regime of punishment and medication. However, as she gets to know her fellow patients they introduce her to another world – a world exploding with colour and song, an enchanted castle in which the once-a-month disco offers an alternative reality to the daily dose of pills and punishments.
Linda McLean (Glory on Earth at The Lyceum) has written a play with songs (by MJ McCarthy) about the strength, wit and resilience of those who were sent to Castle Lennox during a regime of segregation from the 1930s to the 1990s. This inspiring tale, based on a real institution, is brought to the stage in collaboration with the Royal Lyceum Theatre Edinburgh.
Supported by Margaret Duffy and Peter Williamson.
“When Linda McLean brought the idea of Castle Lennox to me, I just knew that this is right story to be told, performed and sung by Lung Ha Theatre Company. To work together on a co-production with the Lyceum Theatre is an exciting and long wished for collaboration. Ever since we had to stop the rehearsals of Castle Lennox in 2020 due to lockdown, we have been waiting patiently for this moment – to be able to bring the story to you. Hurray! It’s coming!”Maria Oller, lung ha theatre company artistic director