When Time Collapses

When Time Collapses 

Explores the case for Early Intervention in Psychosis though the presentation of a 50 minute narrative about a family who is struggling to cope with schizophrenia in isolation. After a crisis, Martin, the main protagonist, is arrested, sectioned, and taken into an acute ward of a mental hospital. Although he is discharged after the 28 days assessment, Martin’s future seems bleak.Originally commissioned to promote awareness amongst non executive hospital directors, the play has been used in the training of health professionals, including specialist registrars in psychiatry, SHOs and GPs, but it has also been used to promote debate about early intervention in psychosis amongst key stakeholders and policy makers and voluntary sector agencies such as MIND and RETHINK.Available also for older school pupils, students at FE and HE levels and community/mental health service user groups.

The Programme

The play is followed by a bespoke interactive debate in which the question is asked:

If there had been earlier intervention in Martin’s case, would the play have reached a more positive outcome?

The Hearth Centre uses Forum Theatre techniques to try out different interventions and explore the consequences through drama.

The length and content of the interactive debate is tailored to your needs.


“Superbly acted with absolute accuracy”: Health and social care professional East Lancs PCT

“As a manager responsible for co-ordinating events, I was initially conservative about the use of theatre. This play has completely changed my view of this. I thought it was an excellent performance which brought so many issues to the fore.” Professional in the Probation Service

“Absolutely brilliant! This needs showing everywhere”: Carer, Essex