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BRIGHTON FRINGE: Die, Die, Die, Old People Die – Komedia Studio

Man sitting at table with head thrown back

Writers:  David Woods and Jon Haynes Reviewer: Simon Topping Looking like characters from the French animation Belleville Rendezvous, two old men and one old woman populate a sparse stage consisting of a table and a couple of chairs.  As the characters begin to shuffle around the space, mainly in silence, the audience can already sense that Die, Die, Die, Old ...

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Give Me Your Love – The Lowry, Salford

Writers: David Woods and Jon Haynes Directors: David Woods and Jon Haynes Reviewer: Jo Beggs Dr. Ben Sessa and his team in Bristol might be about to make a major breakthrough in the treatment of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. And they need to. With a rising number of cases emerging, especially among military personnel who have fought in recent conflicts, ...

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Give Me Your Love – The Lighthouse, Poole.

Creators: David Woods and Jon Haynes  Reviewer: Sophie Huggins Creating a play from factual research that explores alternative treatments for mental illness, is not the easiest of tasks. However, through their writing, directing and acting, this is something that David Woods and Jon Haynes, artistic directors of Ridiculusmus, spiritedly aspired to do. The dialogue written by the actors, is sensitive ...

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The Eradication of Schizophrenia in Western Lapland – Summerhall, Edinburgh

Writers: Jon Haynes &David Woods Director: Ridiculusmus Reviewer: Deborah Klayman Challenging the stigma or accepted treatment of an illness such as Schizophrenia can be difficult in any arena, yetJon Haynes &David Woods are attempting to do just that in their new workThe Eradication of Schizophrenia in Western Lapland.Both men have real-world experience of mental illness: Haynes was sectioned for six ...

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The Eradication of Schizophrenia in Western Lapland – Shoreditch Town Hall, London

Writer: Jon Haynes and David Woods Reviewer: Katherine Burr An ambitious project to immerse the audience in the mind of a schizophrenic, Ridiculusmus theatre divides its audience between two plays, simultaneously performed and involving the same characters but in different situations. While the stories increasingly overlap, with characters migrating from one stage to the other, the audience tries to piece ...

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The Poof Downstairs – Battersea Arts Centre, London

Writer: Jon Haynes Reviewer: Christopher Hong [rating:1.5] Despite the title, homosexuality is merely coincidental rather than central to this piece. The audience is introduced to the play written by Jon Haynes and performed by Haynes with two other people. But unfortunately, the other two have not turned up for various reasons and the play will have to struggle on without ...

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Total Football – Unity Theatre, Liverpool

Writers: Jon Haynes and David Woods Reviewer: Tim Stone [rating:2.5]   “More Beckett than Beckham” Total Football” describes itself. Beginning at a seminar (in Salisbury) on Britain, the only member of the audience begins to question the national identity of the British with the speaker (a supporter of The Arsenal) in an amusing question and answers session around the subject ...

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Total Football – Drum Theatre, Theatre Royal, Plymouth

Writers: David Woods&Jon Haynes Reviewer: Joan Phillips [Rating:3.5] Created and written by the performers, the Ridiculusmus theatre company’s production of Total Football is a mischievous commentary on the nation’s obsession with football and a satirical look at its part in our personal and national identities. The play starts with an ironic snapshot of the multinational aspects of every day life ...

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