The Mechanical Animal Corporation
The Temptation of St Anthony
Summerhall, 13th – 30th August, 9.15pm, (Venue 26)
THE TEMPTATION OF ST. ANTHONY is inspired by the ancient legend of a man who spent 35 years in solitude in the Egyptian desert. This Wellcome Trust-supported ensemble performance explores, through song and body, landscapes where mental health and religious experience collide.
How to treat a religiously-orientated mental illness? This is a problem faced today by psychiatrists in treating patients who believe they are possessed by spirits. Is there a limit to what Western medicine can heal, when faced with a dark night of the soul? With insight from psychiatry and anthropology, this show plunges soul-first into the human experience of spirit possession.
A PANEL TALK, exploring the show's themes with views from the creative team and psychiatrist Dr. Hugh Grant-Peterkin, will take place on Monday 17 August, 3.30pm, at Summerhall. Tickets are £3 and can be purchased from Summerhall box office.
THE MECHANICAL ANIMAL CORPORATION is a Bristol-based company, led by director Tom Bailey (Nightwalk, Bristol Mayfest / National Trust; Death & The Ploughman, Tobacco Factory Theatres). In addition to Wellcome Trust support, Egypt-based research into St. Anthony was conducted in residence with El Warsha theatre company, Cairo, supported by The British Council Egypt and Arts Council England.