Seymour Centre and The Big Anxiety - festival of arts + science + people present

Give Me Your Love

By Ridiculusmus

31 Oct - 4 Nov 2017

Theatre legends Jon Haynes and David Woods of Ridiculusmus are back with a funny, fragile and profound fable based on groundbreaking medical research and real-life war testimonies.


Ex-soldier and budding rock star Zach has withdrawn into a cardboard box in a kitchen in West Wales.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 via a head warping exchange on patriotism, conflict and supermarket shopping that will tickle, move and appall you in equal measure.


Give Me Your Love is the second instalment of Ridiculusmus’s three-pronged investigation into innovative approaches to mental health. Informed by the latest scientific research, it explores the healing potential in altered states of consciousness.


Give Me Your Love is part of the Great Ideas Performance Series 2017 and The Big Anxiety – festival of arts + science + people.


This project for The Big Anxiety – festival of arts + science + people, has been assisted by the Australian government through the Department of Communication and the Arts’ Catalyst—Australian Arts and Culture Fund. Give Me Your Love has been supported by the Australian Government through the Australia Council for the Arts, its arts funding and advisory body; Victorian College of the Arts, Melbourne University and the City of Melbourne through Arts House and its Culture Lab programme; the National Lottery through Arts Council England, Wellcome Trust (UK), Royal Victoria Hall Foundation, Battersea Arts Centre, London.


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Post Show Talk – 1 November

Scientists believe the illegal drug MDMA, also known as ecstasy, possibly offers an untapped potential to treat post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). But plans to test the drug on war veterans in Australia have been stifled by ‘academic conservatism.’


Clinical studies with MDMA are already underway in the United States and Great Britain with success rates of 75% for chronic treatment resistant post-traumatic stress. This discussion explores the question, if it is so effective in treating PTSD, shouldn’t MDMA be a prescription drug?


Doctor and artist Renee Lim and Psychiatric Nurse Rosie Gallagher join David Woods and Jon Haynes of Ridiculusmus and an ex-soldier to nut out the pros and cons of the psychedelic realm when it comes to contemporary mental health.