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» 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

Monday 9th October at 7.30pm

Tuesday 10th October at 2.30 and 7.45pm

All performances can be CAPTIONED (subtitled) via audiences’ mobile devices using Talking Birds’ Difference Engine. We're hoping also to be able to test the audio description function of the app on these shows. If you would like to download the app and use this experimental service for captions or (hopefully) audio description, 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.


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» UnFound

Our secret event for artists and creative thinkers has now SOLD OUT! Devised as part of the inaugural Coventry Biennial of Contemporary Art, UnFound will happen on the evening of October 12th somewhere in central Coventry UK and may involve intrigue, art, food, conviviality and some consideration of the future.

To join the waiting list, in case places become available, go to our Eventbrite page.


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» The Difference Engine

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


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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 Trails of the Unexpectedlinks to Olympic Torch Relay commission Song for a Phoenix