Author(s): Linda McLean
Company: Lung Ha Theatre Company and Royal Lyceum Theatre Edinburgh
Castle Lennox explores the strength, wit and resilience of those who were sent to Lennox Castle Hospital in East Dunbartonshire, Scotland’s largest mental institution, from the 1930s to the 1990s, and was inspired by Linda’s memories of visiting her uncle there in the 1960s.
When Annis, a young girl with autism, finds herself incarcerated in Lennox Castle Hospital, her first impulse is to try and escape the brutal regime of punishment and medication. However, as she gets to know her fellow patients they introduce her to another world—a world exploding with colour and song, an enchanted castle in which the once-a-month disco offers an alternative reality to the daily dose of pills and punishments.