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MADHOUSE re:exit

MADHOUSE re:exit

An Access All Areas Performance Company production

Dates and Venues

Shoreditch Town Hall, London
13 - 28 March 2018

Brickworks, Barton Arcade, Manchester
17 - 26 May 2018

About the production

Inspired by a refusal to be silent, and a history of being ignored, five learning disabled artists take us on a wondrous adventure underground.

A goddess, a baby, a bird, an eater and an escapist guide us through a maze-like institution, growling to be heard, and waiting for the revolution that is forever promised.

As they tear back the walls to their lives, past and present spin together in a powerful expression of what it feels like to have a learning disability in today’s world.

Over two years, MADHOUSE re:exit has built on the legacy of Mabel Cooper, a resident of a long-stay hospital for people with learning disabilities, who pressed the button that blew up one of the last of these institutions in the UK. Now, award winning theatre company Access All Areas returns with a fantastical, disruptive, immersive experience that explores what this history means today.

Madhouse Pop Ups

Artists took their characters all over London and beyond. Characters popped up at: Liberty Festival; South London Gallery; Steakhouse Live at Arts Admin; Rich Mix; The British Medical Association; Duckie and The Place in London and at The Lowry in Manchester.


Madhouse, My House?

Access All Areas was funded to run a three-year digital and creative learning programme to accompany MADHOUSE re:exit production to ensure that as wide an audience as possible, of all different abilities, could engage in the performance and surrounding activities.

The resulting project was Madhouse, My House? 

Find out more


MADHOUSE re:exit was developed with Barbican Centre, Shoreditch Town Hall, The Lowry, Battersea Arts Centre, Wellcome Trust, Arts Council England, and the Open University.

Photography by Helen Murray


Creatives & Crew

  • Patient 36 .
  • Francesca Burgoyne
  • Paul Christian
  • Jolene Sampson
  • Rachael D’Arcy
  • Tyson Bushe
  • John Danielson Fuller
  • Luke Fox
  • Rufaro Asuquo
  • Neil Thomas Bennet
  • Deen Hallissey
  • Kali Joy
  • Ellen Goodey
  • Singers .
  • Adam Smith
  • Kali Joy
  • Creative Support .
  • David Thackeray
  • Hayley Hill
  • Lesley Ewen
  • Kat Bond
  • Jess Mabel Jones
  • Amy Carter
  • Sharron Casey
  • Angela Chadwick
  • Daryll Duncan
  • Chrissy Jones
  • Charlotte Little
  • Cathy Rothwell
  • Anna Ward
  • Director Nick Llewellyn
  • Dramaturg Max Barton
  • Designer Joanna Scotcher
  • Costume DesignerCarley Hague
  • Costume Supervisor Annelies Henny
  • Lighting Designer Katherine Graham
  • Associate Lighting DesignerStuart Glover
  • Movement Director for DJ Hassan Ita O’Brien
  • Video Designer Nathan Theys
  • Animator Alex Uragallo
  • Sound Designer Jethro Cooke
  • Production Manager Ian Moore
  • Deputy Production Manager/Video Engineer Dom Baker
  • Stage Manager Dannii Ryalls
  • Deputy Stage Manager Ina Berggren
  • Technical Stage Manager Zak McClelland
  • Construction Manager Elouise Farley
  • Production Sound Tom Hackley
  • Production Electricians.
  • Laurence Russell
  • Andrew Stuttard
  • Jack Coker
  • Carpenters.
  • Matty Guarino
  • Curtis Campbell
  • Dario Fusco
  • Oscar Selfridge
  • Chris Ashenden
  • Birdcage construction Creative Metalwork
  • Lead Scenic Artist Paloma Hernández
  • Scenic Artists .
  • Chiara Pecchioli
  • Peter Arnold
  • Driver/Runner/Design Assistant Remi Bumstead
  • Executive Producer Patrick Collier