Dates and Times
19 June 2014 to 19 June 2014 at 9pm
A work-in-progress showing of Laura Jane Dean’s new performance, This Room, followed by a post-show discussion.
The clinical diagnosis: Obsessive compulsive disorder. The treatment: Cognitive behavioural therapy. 18 in depth questionnaires; 24 hours of therapy; 1 clinical psychologist; 31 behavioural experiments; 56 hours of homework. 501 days (and counting) since discharge.
In This Room, Laura Jane Dean reveals the actualities and artefacts of a therapeutic process. Working with neuroscientists and a CBT therapist, Laura attempts to understand what it means to be ill, what it might mean to get better and invites us all to ask ourselves, ‘am I okay?’.
This Room is currently in development thanks to funding from the Wellcome Trust.
Written and performed by: Laura Jane Dean
Devised by: Laura Jane Dean and Daisy Orton
Design by: Amy Nicholson
About Laura Jane Dean
Laura Jane Dean is a performer and theatre-maker. Laura graduated from Kent University in 2006 and joined Accidental Collective, an experimental theatre and live art company based in East Kent. Over four years, the Collective created a varied and diverse portfolio of performances, encompassing stage, site-specific and community work. Laura currently makes solo work. Her first show, Head Hand Head, visited CPT, toured to venues across the South East and had a successful run at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival in 2013.