A story about recovery from schizophrenia, based on the memoir by Arnhild Lauveng
★★★★ 'Essential viewing. Engrossing and provoking' – What’s on Stage
★★★★ 'Taut and thrilling. Visual storytelling at its most inventive' – The Stage
★★★★ 'Absorbing, wryly humorous and curiously beautiful’ – The Times
★★★★ 'Unexpectedly funny and tender. Performed with brave rawness' – Financial Times
'Ingenious journey inside mental illness. Imaginative, disquieting adaptation of a bold memoir.' – The Guardian
Then the Captain came.
The first time I met him I was writing in my diary, and I suddenly realized that one of my sentences ended in a different way than I had wanted.
Tomorrow I Was Always a Lion is a theatrical investigation into the nature of psychosis and recovery. Based on the extraordinary memoir by Arnhild Lauveng, it tells a unique personal story of living with and recovering from schizophrenia.
I was picked up by the police and a doctor and brought to a closed ward. But it was too late. I had already disappeared into the forest. It was a dense forest, and it took me years to come back out.
This raw and imaginative new production explores Lauveng's controversial text to challenge our perception and understanding of the condition.
Belarus Free Theatre is the only theatre in Europe banned by its government on political grounds. Following BFT’s furious production of Sarah Kane’s 4.48 Psychosis, which is blacklisted in Belarus, BFT have fearlessly continued to use theatre to excavate social taboos. Tomorrow I Was Always a Lion continues this journey of provoking and challenging the deepest questions of our humanity.
Read more about schizophrenia and this show in Vladimir Shcherban's (director) piece in The Arts Desk.
Presented by Belarus Free Theatre in association with the Albany.
Supported by Wellcome Trust Arts Awards, Cockayne - Grants for the Arts, and the London Community Foundation. Co-commissioned by the Albany. Developed at Rose Bruford College of Theatre and Performance. Based on I morgen var jeg alltid en løve by Arnhild Lauveng. Reproduced with permission of Cappelen Damm and Skyhorse Publishing.
Running time: 75 minutes, no interval.
Age guidance 14/16+
Every performance is followed by a Belarusian snack and a post-show discussion with activists, experts, artists and affected community members.
Image: Photo of Emily Houghton by Ellie Kurttz. Design by Michael Cranston.