Axis Arts Centre: What’s On

Internationally-renowned artists RIDICULUSMUS return to Axis Arts Centre on 9 March with their latest challenging piece of theatre, with local boys CABIN FEVER providing a support act exploring icons.

Since 2013 “seriously funny” theatre specialists Jon Haynes and David Woods of Ridiculusmus have turned their attention to bio-medical science, creating performances which explore innovative therapeutic approaches to mental health. Their new show Give Me Your Love looks at the healing potential of altered states of consciousness and the use of psychedelic drugs, in particular MDMA (ecstasy), for patients traumatised by combat stress.

Based on real-life testimonies of war veterans and groundbreaking medical research, Give Me Your Love is funny, fragile and profound. It tells the story of ex-soldier Zach who has withdrawn into a cardboard box in a kitchen in West Wales. His friend Ieuan arrives offering recovery – in the form of a capsule containing 3,4 methylenedioxymethamphetamine with which he claims to have successfully treated his own post-traumatic stress.

Parachuted into their recently fractured pasts, Zach and Ieuan swing between dreamboat heroism and woozy enlightenment while engaging in disorderly conversation about patriotism, conflict and supermarket shopping.

During the development of Give Me Your Love, Ridiculusmus talked to cutting edge researchers in the US about their work on trauma therapy using MDMA. They also spoke to veterans of Iraq, Afghanistan and the Falklands as well as American soldiers who had undergone the treatment.

On the same night, you can also see a piece of work by local new-comers, CABIN FEVER. Recent graduates of Manchester Metropolitan University’s Contemporary Theatre and Performance course, this Midlands duo bring Double-0, a performance celebrating a nation’s 54 year obsession with James Bond – funny, fast-paced and free to attend! The Axis Extra – Support Event can be seen before RIDICULUSMUS, or on its own as an early-evening giggle in its own right.

Axis Arts Centre brings contemporary theatre, dance, music and spoken word to Crewe and surrounding areas. All shows are open to the public. The 2017 Spring Season is made up of performances, exhibitions and writer events.

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