LUNG HA THEATRE COMPANY AND ROYAL LYCEUM THEATRE EDINBURGH CO-PRODUCTION CASTLE LENNOX POSTPONED IN LIGHT OF THE COVID-19 PANDEMIC
We have been closely monitoring the fast developing Covid-19 pandemic and following the advice from government health officials. To that end, it is with great sadness that we announce Castle Lennox, our co-production with Royal Lyceum Theatre Edinburgh, is postponed until further notice. We have made this difficult decision in conjunction with our co-producers and venue partners.
We at Lung Ha Theatre Company are deeply committed to our values, especially during difficult periods such as this. We recognise that postponing the show has a profound impact on our company of neurodiverse artists and we are supporting them at this testing time.
We are very fortunate to be part of an arts community that takes care of each other and this time is no different. We greatly appreciate the support we receive from our audiences and partners and hope to be able to share Castle Lennox with you very soon.
Lung Ha Theatre Company Board said: “The Directors of Lung Ha Theatre Company are deeply disappointed to announce the postponement of rehearsals and thereby performances of Castle Lennox - particularly as the Company has been working so hard over the last few weeks to produce an exceptional show. However, the safety and welfare of our performers, staff and volunteers is paramount and we concluded that the only sensible response to the Covid-19 crisis was to postpone. We are however optimistic that rehearsals will start again later in the year and that the story of Castle Lennox will be heard.”
Please note that customers who have purchased tickets to Castle Lennox at The Lyceum in Edinburgh or Dundee Rep will be automatically issued a refund over the coming weeks. Please keep an eye on our social media for any further updates.
Lung Ha Theatre Company
By Linda McLean
Directed by Maria Oller
“You said small spaces encourage large thoughts and... then you locked the door.”
When Annis, a young girl with autism, finds herself incarcerated in Lennox Castle Hospital, an institution which might as well be a prison, designed for the incarceration of ‘the feeble minded’, her first impulse is to try and escape the brutal regime of punishment and medication. However, as she gets to know her fellow patients they introduce her to another world – a world exploding with colour and song. This is an enchanted castle in which the once-a-month disco offers an alternative reality to the daily doses of pills, punishments, and restraint.
Linda McLean (Glory on Earth at The Lyceum) has written a play with songs (by MJ McCarthy) about the strength, wit and resilience of those who were sent to Castle Lennox during a regime of segregation from the 1930s to the 1990s. This inspiring tale, based on a real institution, is brought to the stage in collaboration with the brilliant Lung Ha Theatre Company (Dr Stirlingshire’s Discovery, We Are All Just Little Creatures).
Castle Lennox is kindly supported by Creative Scotland, City of Edinburgh Council, the Nancie Massey Charitable Trust, the Russell Trust, The RS Macdonald Charitable Trust and The Royal Lyceum Theatre, however, we still need to generate additional funds for this producton. These additional funds will go towards supporting the company members during the rehearsal process and the staging of this production. We are truly grateful for your support.
Supported by Margaret Duffy and Peter Williamson.
Castle Lennox is a co-production between the Royal Lyceum Theatre Edinburgh and Lung Ha Theatre Company.