Laura Jane Dean
This Room serves as a kind of 'Part 2' to Head Hand Head. For this piece, I was able to collaborate with Laura from the beginning of the process.
The clinical diagnosis: Obsessive compulsive disorder. The treatment: Cognitive behavioural therapy. 18 in depth questionnaires; 24 hours of therapy; 1 clinical pyschologist; 31 behavioural experiments; 56 hours of homework. 501 days (and counting) since discharge.
In This Room, Laura Jane Dean reveals the actualities and artefacts of a therapeutic process. Working with neuroscientists and a CBT therapist, Laura attempts to understand what it means to be ill, what it might mean to get better.
Written and performed by: Laura Jane Dean
Devised by: Laura Jane Dean and Daisy Orton
Sound Design by: Melanie Wilson
Design by: Alison Neighbour
Lighting Design by: Sherry Coenen
With special thanks to Chris Goode
For more information visit www.laurajanedean.com
This Room photography by Jamie Drew
"As a viewer, it’s impossible not to be present in the room – this room – and be uncomfortably aware of that presence. As a result, the power dynamic between performer and audience is one that is always in flux, creating a sense of shared responsibility for this space we’re all in, a space where we might not all be OK."
- Exeunt (Full review here)
"This Room is a reflection on identity and mental illness… an affecting, sobering account of a life shaped by, yet transcending, a mental health condition and treatment."