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Venture into the mysterious world of Backstage! Will the Stage Door Keeper dish the dirt on the Leading Man? Will the disgruntled Assistant Stage Manager bring the show to a crashing end from Prompt Corner? And is the Green Room actually green?

Performance tours will take place at:

The Albany Theatre, The Butts, Coventry

Sun 10th Sept at 11am, 12pm, 2pm, 3pm, 4pm.

Free and suitable for all ages.

Captions (subtitles) available via the Difference Engine on Mobile devices (please e-mail access@talkingbirds.co.uk in advance).

We need your stories!

If you have a story about the Albany (formerly Butts College) Theatre that you would like to share with us, please call the Backstage Line on 0800 012 2401 (freephone, 24hrs)


» Disorder Contained

Concerns about the detrimental impact of the prison system on the mental health of inmates are mounting, putting pressure on prison staff, prompting government enquiries and featuring persistently in the agendas of prison reform organisations. But this isn’t today – this is the 1850s.

Disorder Contained examines the effects on mental health of the Separate System: a form of strict solitary confinement and total silence introduced to British and Irish prisons - originally with the expectation that convicts would reflect upon past crimes, repent and reform - and later continued as deliberate punishment.

Using documents from the time, including prisoners’ memoirs, doctors’ casebooks, and the reflections of prison staff, Disorder Contained combines music, song, wit and compassion to explore the effects of this harsh system which endures to the present day.

Disorder Contained is the third play in the Asylum Trilogy: a creative collaboration between acclaimed theatre company Talking Birds and the Centres for the History of Medicine at the University of Warwick & University College Dublin, exploring historical approaches to mental health.

London Performances 9th and 10th October at Rich Mix

(Details to follow)

All performances can be CAPTIONED (subtitled) via audiences’ mobile devices using Talking Birds’ Difference Engine. If you would like to use this experimental service, please email access@talkingbirds.co.uk for more information.

Please note that, due to the subject matter, there are themes and scenes in this play that some people may find distressing.


We're also busy working on The Difference Engine which is being opened up to testing across the UK this year.

Here's some other 'always on' stuff you can do if you need a TBs fix:

Montague's Song

Listen to the live stream of Montague's Song, recorded at St John's Church on Fleet Street on 3rd September.

Ant & Cleo

Listen to the archived live audio stream of Ant & Cleo.

Trails of the Unexpected: Vol 1

Take a 1500m walk around Coventry and see the city as people who live here no longer do.

Pole Vault

Take an (audio) walk by the canal

links to Fanfare project - commission a bespoke fanfarelinks to Ant and Cleolinks to The Whale