Brighton's buzzy home for avant-garde theatreAlice Jones - The Independent
8th October 2014
The recent death of Robin Williams has strengthened the associations of creativity and mental illness but is the image of the troubled genius useful, and is there any truth in it? Is the image of the troubled genius an unhelpful, inaccurate cliché, or actually a way of re-evaluating the diversity of mental perspectives embodied by artists and those experiencing challenging or unusual mental conditions? A panel of experts from academic and creative fields lead this discussion. Panel includes: David Woods (Ridiculusmus Theatre Company), Professor Rob Poole, Colin Hambrook (Disability Arts Online) and others to be confirmed.
Professor Rob Poole
Rob Poole is Professor of Social Psychiatry at Bangor University and co-director of the Centre for Mental Health and Society with Professor Catherine A Robinson. He is an honorary Consultant Psychiatrist at Wrexham Maelor Hospital and Chair of the Royal College of Psychiatrists in Wales. He also leads the Royal College of Psychiatrists’ Invited Review Service. He has had a long career mostly working in busy community mental health services for adults of working age. He is the UK’s most vocal opponent of the integration of religion and spirituality into routine psychiatric care.
David Woods is one half of multi award winning independent touring theatre company Ridiculusmus. the company is established as a flagship UK performance group touring nationally and internationally with works passionately wrought from minimal resources, and with an oxymoronic aim: to be both serious and funny.
Colin Hambrook has nearly 20 years experience working at the hub of the Disability Arts Movement as an editor / producer, publishing and showcasing work by disabled artists, fostering networks and enabling debates around the curation and development of disability arts practice.