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Created and led by Tara Franks
For parents and babies/toddlers (0-5s)
This joy-filled class offers the opportunity for parents to sing, dance and shake along to songs from around the world and original tunes.
Delirium is a series of songs about hallucinations in intensive care, written by Victoria Hume and based on interviews with people who have been through this strange and disturbing experience, and with the staff who care for them.
"They’re often called in the literature ‘unreal’ memories. Basically though they’re real for the patient. That is what the patient is experiencing, that is their reality." (Sara Evans, senior staff nurse)
It has been estimated that up to 70% of people being treated in intensive care experience delirium – the bulk of these will hallucinate. Hallucinations are not dreams: for those who live them they are real – and have a powerful impact, hard to reconcile with reality, and remembered vividly sometimes decades later. Many hallucinations are persecutory, some are astonishing, but all offer metaphors for the individual in crisis, whether comfort or threat. Yet this is an area we know little about unless we have experienced it ourselves or through our work.
Victoria has worked in the NHS for fifteen years, for most of that time as an arts facilitator and manager; she has continued to write and perform her own music throughout that time. This project developed from an interest in the way the mind creates stories to fill gaps in perception and to comprehend traumatic situations.
The songs – incorporating recordings of the interviews – will be performed by Victoria, with Quinta and Christopher Reed.
"I found that as I lay in bed, as the nurses would come and see me, or the doctors, all I would see was the skeleton. I couldn’t see the face. And I thought ‘am I alive or dead?’ Because that was how I felt – you know – ‘am I really alive?’" (interview with P)
Captivating and atmospheric electronica from Ed Begley and Rory Simmons.
The pair found themselves in a toolshed beneath the pavement in Piccadilly Circus and from there Archivist began to unfold.
Tonight Ed Begley plays a stripped back set of his songs from the upcoming November release.
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Live Jazz Award winner in the
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