Far From Fiction

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Book Tickets

Monday 11th April – 8pm

Tuesday – 12th April – 8pm

Wednesday – 13th April – 8pm

Thursday- 14th April – 8pm

Friday – 15th April – 8pm

Saturday – 16th April – 8pm

“Far From Fiction” is a play about self‐harm and the inner world of the self-harmer. Two people, suffering from mental illness, meet in a place of confinement. Is it a prison? If not, then what is this place and who is providing the constraints and why?  One character is a 70 year old academic white lady who has recently suffered serious depression. The other is a 20 year old black woman who has been in hospital for self‐harm and an eating disorder.  Despite cultural differences and the age gap the two women become friends. Their relationship takes twists and turns as the story unfolds. We witness their demons and their vacillating facility for relating to each other in a confined setting. Why on earth are they important to each other? Is there something in the other that each one needs? Is there any hope of recovery? Their developing relationship is the focus of the play.

The play starts with light-heartedness and elements of farce – not theatrical farce but the farce of everyday life – and in the course of the play there is a dramatic turn towards darkness. There is a mystery at the heart of the plot and classical themes of betrayal and sacrifice.

Sally Willis

Sally Willis studied German and European Studies at Sussex and Munich Universities. She won the National Union of Students Drama Festival playing Rose in Pinter’s The Room in 1968 and she won the New Universities Festival playing Hecuba in Euripides’ The Trojan Women in the same year.

In 1982 she became teacher‐in‐charge of a unit for disturbed adolescents (13 – 16 year‐olds) in Battersea. Here she developed ‐ with the young people ‐ “group analytic drama” (Willis, 1988, 1990), a group therapy combining psychodrama with non‐action group analysis. Today Sally works as a group analyst, adult and adolescent psychotherapist and supervisor in private practice with groups, couples and individuals. She also conducts trainings in Switzerland and Germany in German, offering advanced trainings in group analysis to mental health professionals, psychiatrists, psychoanalysts and psychotherapists.  She works in specialist areas within the NHS and at The Priory Hospital Roehampton, working with in‐patient teenagers with eating disorders (Willis, 1999). Most recently she has developed “Willis games therapy”, a method for self‐harming, borderline adolescents and young people suffering from pre‐psychosis. Here she combines games and story‐telling with group analysis. In her work with John Woods, group analyst, adult and adolescent psychotherapist (Portman Clinic) and playwright, Sally brought her two worlds together – the world of theatre and that of psychotherapy. Now, at the Lion and the Unicorn Theatre she is bringing her own writing to the stage and returns as a professional actor to the stage herself.