8.00 PM on Thur 28 February, Fri 1, Sat 2, Fri 8 and Thur 14 March.
3.00 PM on Thur 28, Thur 7 and Sat 9 March.
2.00 PM on Sat 16 March.
£15 / £13 / £11
By Isabella Culver
Directed by Peter Leslie Wild
Shirley Mason is a young woman of uncertain identity – buffeted by the expectations of family and church in the American town of her childhood.
Later, as an art student in New York she feels her personality disintegrating, and a psychiatrist takes a keen interest. Dr Cornelia B Wilbur may have stumbled upon a landmark case to make her reputation.
As the two women’s lives become entwined, lines blur between psychiatry and art, case studies and tall stories, real hurt and false memory.
Inspired by the real-life case of a woman diagnosed as having 16 personalities. This premiere production is an American tale spanning the decades up to the 1970s, with questions for us all about where our true selves reside.
Duration: 2 hr including interval
Recommended age: 14+
Trigger warnings: discussion of psychological distress
Strong language: very occasional
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Our Production Arts students have produced a podcast featuring interviews with the cast, director and crew on The Dissociation of Shirley Mason, giving an insight into the creative process behind the show.
Writer Isabella Culver
Director Peter Leslie Wild
Assistant Director Kyle Pryke
Set Designer Robin Davis
Costume Designer Oscar Selfridge
Lighting Designer Chris Horseman
Sound Designer Frank Bradley
Movement Director Michelle Gaskell
Voice Coach Carol Fairlamb
Dialect Coach James Gitsham
Production Manager Jon Sherwood
Stage Manager Antonia Howlett
Deputy Stage Manager Raisa Daya
Assistant Stage Managers Felicity Simmons and Ella Jackson
Production Electrician Beth Hudson
Lighting Operator Caitlin Shay
Sound Operator Eve Kershaw
Construction Manager Andy Scrivens
Construction Assistants Hebe Perry, Joel Williams, Maya Barker, Oliver Wareham, Ella Jackson, Felicity Simmons, Danny Davies and Ambra Fuller
Props Maker Meriel Pym
Scenic Art Supervisor Radhika Parekh
Scenic Artists Emma Inge and
Costume Supervisor Janie Powell
Costume Makers Lotte Marsh and Tamara Pearce-Higgins
Costume Assistants Becky Davies, Rhianne Good, Katie Ireland
Production Photos Craig Fuller
Special thanks to: Stationery World, Angie Moss, Bristol Old Vic and Bratts Ladders
Peter Leslie Wild is an award-winning director and producer working in Theatre, TV and Audio Drama.
Theatre: The Wind in the Willows (New Vic); The Chester Mystery Plays 2013 and 2018 (Chester Cathedral); Dial M for Murder (New Vic); The Wizard of Oz (Bristol Old Vic Theatre School); Seeing The Lights (New Vic); Alice (Theatre in the Quarter, Chester); Inherit the Wind; A Fine Bright Day Today (New Vic); Passion – Line of Departure (Tour); Mary Shelley; The Wicked Lady (Birmingham University); Writes of Spring (Cheltenham Everyman); Dealing With Dreams (Birmingham Rep/Walsall New Art Gallery); The Worcester Pilgrim (artworcs at Worcester Cathedral); Upside Down and Back to Front (artworcs at Number 8, Pershore); Choral History (Singworks); The Return of the Prodigal; Someone Waiting; How He Lied to Her Husband; The Gate; Black Snow; Romeo and Juliet; Julius Caesar; The Bell; The Magic Island; The Children’s Mysteries (all Orange Tree
Theatre); The Monkey Puzzle (Lyric Studio); The Real Long John Silver (BAC).
Radio: many plays and dramatisations for BBC Radio including five series of Falco; Wuthering Heights; Watership Down; Wives and Daughters (dramatised by Theresa Heskins); White Open Spaces (in collaboration with Pentabus Theatre); more than 20 drama documentaries in collaboration with Rosie Boulton and Sara Conkey; plays by writers including David Edgar, Steve Waters, Stephen Poliakoff, Helen Cross, Arnold Wesker, Sephanie Dale, Peter Shaffer, Glyn Hughes, Lucy Gough, Colin Shindler, Glyn Hughes, Jose Rivera and Simon Stephens.
Peter is also a regular guest director of Radio 4’s long-running serial The Archers. He has twice won the prestigious Prix Marulic for his radio work.
Online: Lending an Ear (an audio map of Worcestershire created with 21 artists working in
collaboration with community groups and libraries ); That’s Your Story (short plays by Ian Billings created with schoolchildren ; Sea Me (Dorchester Community Audio Play by Stephanie Dale).
Television: Producer, Doctors Series 17, 18 and 19 (BBC One); five short films for the Arts Council Digital Media programme. Peter teaches regularly at The Royal Birmingham Conservatoire, and at Birmingham, Aberystwyth, Lincoln and de Montfort Universities.