The Smoke (2020), Theatre Delicatessen, 2 Finsbury Avenue, London, Storbritannia
The Smoke (2023), Theatre Delicatessen, London, Storbritannia
THE INSIDE is a dive into American mental health care between 1940-1980. Players will portray a person who was committed, or a staff person of one of the many institutions during that time. The experience is not about mental illness, and no one will be portraying any illness. Rather, players will have a background and character that is loosely based on a real person pulled from primary and secondary sources from the time. There are many tropes in modern media regarding Asylums and Institutions, and this brief glimpse INSIDE is intended to unmask those tropes and contextualize the real human experiences of those who worked and resided in those buildings.
The themes of dehumanization, institutionalization, and systemic oppression are heavy throughout the experience and are intended to provide a glimpse into the very real people who inhabited those spaces.
Content Warnings: Mental Illness, Loss of Agency, Human Suffering, Institutionalization, period-accurate homophobia.
Lee Foxworthy: is a Larp writer and Designer from San Antonio Texas. He has been larping for fifteen years, and enjoys designing for introspective and emotional experiences. When not running or writing larps, Lee enjoys experimental larp experiences, and darker themed play.
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