Tuesday 28th May 2019

TOO MUCH TO BEAR: an interactive audio performance exploring mental health through the lens of the First World War.

Bristol’s psychiatric hospital was taken over by the War Office and transformed into Beaufort War Hospital from 1915-1919. Just under 30,000 wounded were treated there. Join actor Leigh Johnstone on a participatory audio tour at Glenside Hospital Museum as he uncovers his great grandfather’s experiences as a stretcher bearer in the trenches during the First World War.

Through live performance and audio instructions, Leigh invites the audience to think about personal and collective battles as they reflect on the lives of these unsung heroes during WW1, ultimately asking the question ‘was it too much to bear?’

There are four performances each for 12 participants: £5.00 a head

Choose a time 11.30am-12.30pm or 2.30pm-3.30pm or 5pm-6pm or 7pm-8pm

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