MADHOUSE my house? is a three-year digital and creative learning programme to accompany the Performance Company's MADHOUSE re:exit production.
The project explores the institutionalisation of people with learning disabilities from the introduction of long stay hospitals in 1913 to present day treatment units. The project aims to ensure as wide an audience as possible, of all different abilities, can engage in the performance and surrounding activities.
Over the three years we are running a series of film, performance and digital advocacy projects. Partners on the project include the University of East London's RIX Research and Media, the Open University, University of Reading, Hackney Museum and Books Beyond Words in a number of exciting ways.
We are running a series of MADHOUSE history weeks to engage groups of adult with learning disabilities in the exploration of this cultural history through performance, advocacy and the creation of a non-word book with Books Beyond Words.
We have worked with the Open University to create an education pack for all ages and abilities that explores institutionalisation and life in long-stay hospitals. This pack was launched at Parliament's Portcullis House in November 2016.
We have been working with Advocreate to develop the film 'No Longer Shut Up" which we have used as the inspiration for our MADHOUSE my house?? project. This will be used as a training resource within our workshops for people with learning disabilities and other organisations which will be led by our trained facilitators with learning disabilities.