Set in Glasgow, Takin’ Over the Asylum is a hilarious and profoundly moving adaptation of Donna Franceschild’s cult 1994 TV series set in Glasgow, which starred David Tennant and Ken Stott.
When Ready Eddie McKenna, Soul Survivor and double-glazing salesman, arrives to re-launch a defunct hospital radio station in a psychiatric unit, he turns more than the ramshackle station upside-down. The whisky drinking would-be DJ meets the irrepressible Campbell whose dreams seem untouched by reality, the hyper-organised Rosalie who is fighting a one-woman war against germs, the electronic genius Fergus whose voices tell him he’s a stupid bastard, and the brittle and self-destructive Francine.
As the patients battle with perception and prejudice as much as illness, Eddie, armed only with his soul music record collection, transforms their lives as well as his own.
Featuring a fantastic R&B soundtrack which includes Soul Man, Rainy Night In Georgia and Can’t Get Next To You, the play is funny, heart-breaking and genuinely inspiring in equal measures.
Directed by Julie Sadler.
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