Discover an asylum’s hidden history: Dumfries’ Crichton Royal. Patients’ and staff’s first-hand stories are shared, in words and songs, as you tour the landscaped estate.
‘Up the Middle Road’ is the local name for the former Crichton Royal Asylum, founded 1838 in Dumfries. This event shares its lived experiences of mental health – until recently, buried in a culture of silence.
Through words and music, the voices of former patients, nurses, support staff and those who grew up on site will be heard, where they happened: powerful and authentic, reflecting life from the 1930s to 1990s. Recorded by the event director, Dr Valentina Bold, as part of an oral history project, these powerful, authentic accounts are compassionate and inspiring: stories of resilience and recovery.
The event brings together storyteller Amanda Edmiston, who specialises in healing tales, award-winning tour guide Kathleen Cronie and internationally-renowned singers and musicians, Emily Smith and Jamie McClennan.
This dynamic performance takes place out of doors. Audience and performers pass together through the centre of The Crichton’s parkland, rock gardens, sports fields and woods, pausing by the historic buildings — which many remember as a ‘village’.
The performance will start at Crichton Central and will last for approx. 90 minutes including a 15 minute interval. Cold drinks will be available. Please be aware that there will be periods of standing for up to 15 minutes. Feel free to bring your own folding chair or picnic blanket.
Toilets and cafe facilities are available at Crichton Central (including a Changing Places Toilet)
Accessible transport can be arranged if required, but please let us know in advance by emailing email@example.com
One performance will be filmed for later online access.
TICKETS: £5.50 inclusive of booking fee. Performances are free for school groups and young people within Dumfries and Galloway, and for the former patients and staff. There will also be a learning workshop delivered as part of this event.
We are pleased to be taking part in #YS2022 with Year of Stories Community Stories Fund support from @EventScotNews @HeritageFundUK @MuseumsGalScot and to have the support of Creative Scotland, The Crichton Foundation and the Archie Sutter Watt Trust.
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