Archives - Hysteria

by Terry Johnson

Directed by Martyn Jolly

Friday 12th – Saturday 20th June 2009 at 8pm in the Auditorium

It’s a farce...about really! A wondrous comedy of mistaken identity.

Hysteria is a 'brilliant farce' of hilarious misunderstandings and the most dazzling array of special effects since Rocky Horror, Dracula and Frankenstein. It won the Evening Standard award for best comedy in 1994 as well as the Writers' Guild award for the best play in the West End in the same year.

One of the most brilliantly original and entertaining new plays I have seen in years: wild, weird and funny, serious, compassionate and shocking, blasphemous and reverential, intellectual and frivolous, a factual fantasy, a demented farce, a black nightmare...

Sunday Times

Johnson has constructed a wondrous comedy of mistaken identity which darkens into a Freudian case history gone horribly awry...a thoughtful & brilliantly developed farce which knows exactly when the laughter has to stop.

Sunday Telegraph

Terry Johnson is that rare creature: a moralist with wit. He writes with responsible gaiety...


Near the end of the night, the play…literally tears the stage apart and startlingly visualizes a whole catalog of Freudian symbols and Dalian iconography. To cap the evening, Johnson provides an inspired ending that neatly and cleverly brings the play, and Freud’s life, full circle.

The Chicago Tribune

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Part of the Barn’s 2008/2009 season

Presented by The Barn Theatre Club


Sigmund Freud-Godfrey Marriott
Jessica-Natalie Gordon
Abraham Yahuda-Dick Breeze
Salvador Dalí-Andrew Powell Eddy

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Friday 12th – Saturday 20th June 2009 at 8pm

Friday 12th June8.00pm 
Saturday 13th June8.00pm 
Monday 15th June8.00pm 
Tuesday 16th June8.00pm 
Wednesday 17th June8.00pm 
Thursday 18th June8.00pm 
Friday 19th June8.00pm 
Saturday 20th June8.00pm 

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