2007: Autumn - Me and my friend
Me and my friend by Gillian Plowman

Directed by Marilyn Dunbar

The production tells the story of four individuals (Bunny, Oz, Julia and Robin) who have recently been released from a psychiatric hospital into the 'Care in the Community' scheme -- an early-release program for mental health patients. They are housed by the social welfare system in two small Council flats in a modern English urban setting. They are encouraged to find jobs and make their way back into the civil and social structures that had earlier judged them mentally unfit by courts of law.
Bunny and Oz (two men who are both around 40 years old) conduct fantasy interviews for jobs they will never get, while the two women, Julia and Robin (in their late 20s - early 30s) try to 'make plans' as urged to do by the hospital. The action switches between the everyday and the characters own psychosis. In a series of interactions and monologues they share with us their hopes and dreams.
Robin and Julia are trying to save Dr. Pepper cans so they can go to France and be proper travelers. Their psychiatric problems come to the fold when a red dress is sent through the post with no note attached. Robin suffocated her son but refuses to accept the fact that he is dead, while Julia is former prostitute obsessed with Welshmen.
The four patients meet when Oz throws a party. They all desperately attempt the niceties of social intercourse -- with disastrous results when everything that can go wrong, does.
In this story we observe the often poignant, sometimes hilarious struggles of these four individuals as they try to adjust to life after their confinement in psychiatric institutions. Ms. Plowman has created four flawed and fragile human beings from the deep insight of her practice and experience. The play is a delicate social and human document.
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