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The Possibility of Colour

a new play by Pete Carruthers

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'For many, the Implant is an irresistible guarantee of eternal happiness; a life without suffering.
For others though, it’s a terrifying instrument of control, stripping them of what it means to be human, and increasingly forced upon a growing number of 'compulsory recipients'.
Designed by the AI-controlled 'Vigil' Corporation, The Implant is a new miracle device that promises to cure all mental illness.
Will Joseph, his sister Aisling, or his best friend Helen, be able to decide which of them, if any, should have the Implant? And with the ever-looming presence of Vigil, do they even have a choice?

Who is ‘normal’?
Who gets to decide?'

 
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The Possibility of Colour is an exciting new play written by Pete Carruthers, with input at every stage from mental health professionals, academics, student practitioners and people with lived experience of the themes explored in the piece.
The play explores themes around mental health, voice hearing, synaesthesia, neurodiversity, forced treatment, Artificial Intelligence in healthcare, private healthcare and much more.

Tour Dates (Public performances)
The New Adelphi Theatre - University of Salford
Thu 17th Nov:   
    2pm (sold out)
Thu 17th Nov:       7pm
Fri 18th Nov:          2pm (sold out)
Fri 18th Nov:          7pm
Click here to book tickets for The New Adelphi Theatre performances
 
The Media Factory – University of Central Lancashire, Preston
Wed 23rd Nov:     7pm
Thu 24th Nov:       2pm
Thu 24th Nov:       7pm 
Fri 25th Nov:          2pm (sold out)

The Rose Theatre - Edge Hill University, Ormskirk
Tue 29th Nov:       7pm 
Wed 30th Nov:     2pm (sold out)

Online sharings of recorded performance – plus live Q&A with expert guests
Thu 1st Dec:         7pm
Fri 2nd Dec:          7pm 
Click here to book tickets for online sharings.


Links to purchase tickets for the live performances at The Media Factory and The Rose Theatre will appear here very soon.
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Emily Spowage playing 'Aisling' in The Possibility of Colour R&D

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Expert feedback from 2021 research & development phase:
“I thought there were a number of things about it that were superb… I found it very very moving. I don’t know whether people will really know how well you have put the language, how you’ve used it, because I heard the echoes of a thousand conversations in mental health services in the way that you’ve used language… there’s just so many clever things that you’ve got superbly well.” - Dr Jonathan Gadsby – School of Nursing and Midwifery – Birmingham City University
 
“I think the play is marvellous, the way it captures the complexities of the issues. Your actor training really shows through in the way you write, you’ve created conflicts and created relationships that… they’re so rich and the conflicts are so clear and so complex, it’s really really super impressive.” - Tom Scholte – Professor in the Department of Theatre and Film – University of British Columbia
 
“Incredibly thought provoking, really powerful… I will go away and read some more about things that I didn’t know about. I think it’s really really amazing, thank you.” - Sally Ashton-May – Lead Midwife – National Nursing & Midwifery Team – Health Education England

'The result is a play that reflects the struggles - and triumphs of the neurodiverse and accurately represents their personal perception of their immediate surroundings, including the pressure to conform. Synaesthesia is just one of a number of neurodiverse traits covered accurately and with touching sensitivity within the script and in my experience, work such as this gives the neurodiverse a much-needed platform or point of reference.' - James Wannerton - President of the UK Synaesthesia Association (UKSA) & Vice President of the International Association of Synaesthetes, Artists and Scientists (IASAS)


'Everyone should see this play, especially those who work with people all across the neurodiverse spectrum every day in the medical field’ - Kaitlyn Hova – Hova Labs co-founder, software engineer, design systems specialist, neuroscientist, UX designer, violinist, synesthete, composer, entrepre-nerd, TEDMED speaker & performer, Women Who Code advisor, and "superhuman"


Audience feedback from R&D:

“Momentous”

“Remarkable”

“Fabulous”

“Urgent”

“Hopeful”

“I felt very emotionally moved, claustrophobic, scared, elated, angry and all kinds of other things throughout the play and laughed a lot as well. So, a wonderful journey through emotions.”

“A dystopian view that's pretty close to reality as it is today. That made it scary!”

“Terrifying”

 

“Loved how it was so funny yet so emotionally engaging.”

“It was amazing.”

 

“So much to learn. People could watch this time and time again and see or learn more”

“It brought home the real and urgent need for change.”

“I loved that it explored different mental states including some I had never thought about before.”

“All together a fantastic commentary of a variety of modern debates without feeling too harsh and political.”

“It reinforced for me the need to keep fighting.”

“This play and the follow-on discussions have fully opened my eyes!”

“Thanks, this was excellent.”

“For me the Possibility of Colour is just a wonderful play that says so much about human life, mental health and the culture we live in.”

 

“Bravo to everyone involved. Fantastic piece.”

Our main funders:

The production is being match funded by Health Education England, who are working in partnership with tree fish productions to bring at least 1200 student nurses to performances of the play during the northern tour in 2022 as part of their nurse training. Thousands more student health professionals will then attend performances as part of their training during the national tour in 2023/24.

 

We are also extremely grateful to the University of Central Lancashire who are fully funding the exciting PhD study that is being undertaken by Pete Carruthers alongside the production of The Possibility of Colour.

Click here to learn more about the PhD study: 'Empathy Machines: Using theatre and film in the training of compassionate and reflective health professionals.'