The Idiot Colony

Past productions

A play by unknown

“An award winning and visually stunning play based on real life accounts of the treatment and incarceration of ‘moral defectives’ in 1940’s England. Genuinely funny and incredibly moving.

”Forgotten for decades inside a mental hospital, three women escape their present by remembering their past. In the asylum’s hair salon, to the strains of Rick Astley and Glenn Miller they relive wartime affairs, illicit trysts and childhood secrets.

“The Idiot Colony was created after two years of research and interviews with former patients, mental health workers and hairdressers who lived and worked at St. Margaret’s Hospital, Great Barr, Birmingham – known locally as The Idiot Colony.”
(Taken from Victoria Hall, Settle, Autumn 2009 leaflet)

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