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Tomorrow I Was Always a Lion

Tomorrow I Was Always a Lion


  • DATES & TIMES: Tuesday 1 – Saturday 5 & Tuesday 8 – Saturday 12 November, 7.30pm, 2.30pm Saturday matinees
  • AGE GROUP: Adult themes. Ages 14+
  • TICKETS: £16

    Tomorrow I Was Always a Lion

    Tomorrow I was Always a Lion is a captivating theatrical investigation into the nature of psychosis and recovery. Based on the extraordinary memoir by Arnhild Lauveng, it tells a unique personal story of living with and recovering from schizophrenia – a contentious prognosis that challenges our perception and understanding of the condition.

    This bold and inventive new production interrogates this controversial text with insights from world-leading psychologists, psychiatrists and neuroscientists.


    ‘Visual storytelling at its most inventive.’ The Stage  â˜…★★★


    Belarus Free Theatre (BFT) is an award-winning independent company, committed to educating and campaigning in the related fields of the arts, internationalism, and social justice. Following their furious production of Sarah Kane’s 4.48 Psychosis, which is blacklisted in their homeland, BFT have fearlessly continued to use theatre to excavate social taboos. Tomorrow I Was Always a Lion continues this journey of provoking and challenging the deepest questions of our humanity. 


    ‘A striking piece of art… successful on so many levels.’ The Reviews Hub ★★★★1/2


    ‘Ingenious journey inside mental illness’ The Guardian


    Supported by The Wellcome Trust, Cockayne - Grants for the Arts, and the London Community Foundation. Developed at Rose Bruford College of Theatre and Performance. Based on I morgen var jeg alltid en løve by Arnhild Lauveng. Reproduced with permission of Cappelen Damm and Skyhorse Publishing.


    ‘Engrossing and provoking… essential viewing’. What’s On Stage ★★★★


    Adult themes. Contains some nudity.


    Relaxed Performance: Thursday 10 November.

    BSL Interpreted Performance: Friday 11 November


    Post-Show Discussions.


    Audience members are welcome to attend any of the post-show discussions detailed below after the date they have seen the show. Just show your ticket stub to the front of house staff at the discussion you would like to attend to gain entry. Please note that there will be no post show conversation on Tuesday 1 November.


    Tuesday 2 & Friday 4 November: Julie McNamara will lead active conversations that draw on the singular narrative of Arnhild through the play.

    Thursday 3 November: Dolly Sen: the writer, film-maker, mental health consultant and trainer, with lived experience of psychosis, mood disorder and PTSD will invite the audience to join her in an open-hearted and candid discussion.

    Saturday 5 November (matinee and evening): Jim Pope is a theatre director and co-artistic director of Playing On theatre Company. In these conversations, Jim will demonstrate the theatre techniques he uses to explore the relationships between doctors and patients.

    Tuesday 8 November: Rai Waddingham - Hearing Voices Network; Dr Taipo Afuape - Liberation Psychology; Dr Alan Bleakley - Medical Humanities Plymouth University discuss alternative modes of and approaches to treatment of and living with psychosis. Discussion facilitated by Charles Heriot-Maitland, clinical psychologist specialising in compassion focussed therapy and psychosis.

    Wednesday 9 November: Jonny Benjamin and Dr Helen Fisher will lead a discussion about contemporary approaches to the treatment of schizophrenia and other psychotic disorders.

    Thursday 10 November: Anti-university Now host a session that will create exploratory spaces within the theatre for audience members to reflect on and respond to the themes of the play.

    Friday 11 November: Vladimir Shcherban: director of Tomorrow I was always a Lion and associate director/co-founder of Belarus Free Theatre, in conversation with Dr Stan Papoulias of Kings College Institute of Psychology, Psychiatry and Neuroscience.

    Saturday 12 November (matinee): facilitated by a group of people from the Hearing Voices Café sessions that recently ran at the Wellcome Collection

    Saturday 12 November (evening): Artist and mental health activist the Vacuum Cleaner will present an introduction to his collaborative project Madlove: A Designer Asylum, based on experiences of mental health.


    Watch the trailer here: