Birmingham REP commissioned Olivia to write a new show for their studio The DOOR for their BEDLAM festival of mental health and part of their New & Nurtured session in October 2017. If you saw A Journey Round My Skull and you enjoyed it then you might like this one too. Olivia has been talking with people who hear voices about their experiences as well as psychiatrists who work with people with diagnoses of serious mental illness. Delightful has been created by the same team that made neurosurgical love story A Journey Round My Skull.
For much of this hour long show the audience wear wireless headphones and experience the story through a mix of live and recorded binaural sound design.
Delightful is a love story, of sorts
Jay is dead. His partner Lenni is desperately trying to remember what caused the accident. Her memory hasn’t been so reliable lately but with the help of the little girl next door, she’s certain she will be able to figure it out.
As Lenni delves deeper into her memories though, her certainty is shaken. Soon she begins to question what is real and who she can trust.
With a sound design that places the audience at the centre of Lenni’s experience, Delightful is a frank exploration of love, grief and how the state of our minds can affect how we remember our past.
Presented as part of BEDLAM Festival 2017
Production photos by Graeme Braidwood taken at Birmingham REP, October 2017