MAD are taking over the asylum!

Pic Greg Macvean 13/03/2013, David Tennant filming outside the High Court on the Royal Mile for the film The Escape Artist
Pic Greg Macvean 13/03/2013, David Tennant filming outside the High Court on the Royal Mile for the film The Escape Artist

Monifieth Amateur Dramatics’ autumn play opens next week at Monifieth Theatre.

‘Takin’ Over The Asylum’ is a modern classic, a touching comedy which has audiences laughing and crying at the same time.

Alcoholic double glazing salesman, Eddie McKenna, who dreams of some day becoming a professional DJ, becomes involved in resurrecting the radio station at St Jude’s, a psychiatric hospital in Glasgow.

Eddie’s collection of Sixties Soul Music echoing through the hospital is like a breath of fresh air in the lives of the patients and Eddie finds himself forging unexpected relationships with Campbell, the manic depressive, Francine the self-harmer, Fergus the schizophrenic and Rosalie the obsessive compulsive.

When the future of the radio station is threatened, they all team up together in the fight to save it. In this battle against the red tape of the authorities, Eddie begins to wonder where the real ‘insanity’ lies.

Originally written as a six-part television drama in 1994, the series gained author Donna Franceschild a ‘Mental Health in the Media Award’ for its courageous portrayal of some of the issues it addressed.

The original series was instrumental in establishing the careers of actors David Tennant and Ken Stott so who knows what this latest interpretation, under the direction of Cliff Cuthbertson, might do for his MAD cast?

To add to the excitement, an invitation has been sent to Mr Tennant to enjoy one of MAD’s performances of this unforgettable play.

A MAD member told the Gazette: “We all know how busy he is but if anyone can manage to organise some time off, surely a Time Lord can? It’s worth asking.”

‘Takin’ Over The Asylum’ will be performed at Monifieth Theatre on September 18, 19, 20, 25, 26 and 27. Curtains up at 7.30 p.m.

Tickets, priced £9 (£7 concession) are available from Yorkshire Building Society, Broughty Ferry, Troup Pharmacy in Monifieth or phone (01382) 480043.