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MAD PRIDE, C/O SOUTHWARK MIND, CAMBRIDGE HOUSE, 131 CAMBERWELL ROAD, LONDON SE5 0HF
SUBJECT: MAD PRIDE AT THE BULL AND GATE: DOWN WITH THE MENTAL HEALTH BILL!
At: The Bull And Gate, 389
Kentish Town Road, Kentish Town, London NW5.
Time: 7.30 PM, Tuesday 19th November 2002.
Admission: £5.00 on night.
WHAT IS MAD PRIDE?
Mad Pride (1) is the first great civil rights movement of the 21st century. Sick of discrimination, media witch hunts, marginalisation, medication and generally being treated like shit, mental patients have risen from the psychiatric ghetto to shout: "It's CAPITALISM that brings us down!" and: "What's so great about being normal anyway?"
WHY "DOWN WITH THE MENTAL HEALTH BILL!"?
This show will be part of an ongoing campaign (2) against the Mental Health Bill From Hell - New Labour's proposed legislation designed to increase the profits of the drug companies at the expense of our misery. The Bill promises to introduce "Community Treatment Orders" - forced medication, often with horrific side-effects, outside the hospital setting for over 6,000 mental health cases - and to incarcerate an estimated 600 people with "personality disorders" as a precautionary measure, even if they are well and have committed no crime.
WHAT WILL HAPPEN AT THE SHOW?
In accord with the idea of MADNESS as ANTI-CAPITALIST protest, we are staging acts who deliver performance reality and onstage electricity rather than commodified boredom. Contrasting styles and genres will clash and blend, on stage and from the audience, to cut through the alienated cultural constraints imposed by "sanity."
WHO WILL PERFORM?
- rock star, comedy prophet, in-yer-face rebel, poser of awkward
MAT FRASER - TV infiltrator, star of the acclaimed "Seal Boy" show.
ALAN TYLER - deep, soothing country ballads from the former Rockingbirds leader.
NO RULES OK - free-improvised brain derangement featuring the legendary Maggie Nicols.
MAKE MINE A LARGE ONE - Gini Simpson and James Jakob's infamous "Nutters With Attitude" promo video.
DALLAS BONER - customised karaoke country.
CHOCOLATE SANDWICH - comedy circuit no-gooders.
ANITA PONTON - performance artist.
GERM - little tiny movements and attention to detail.
DJ OUT TO LUNCH - continuity soundtrack of audio madness.
(1) Mad Pride, formed in 1999, has picketed parliament, hospitals and suicide sites, and joined mass demonstrations; staged a punk rock festival in Clissold Park, Stoke Newington; issued a cult t-shirt; released the compilation CD "Nutters With Attitude"; and published the acclaimed book "Mad Pride: A Celebration Of Mad Culture."
(2) 500 psychiatric patients, including a large Mad Pride contingent, marched from Whitehall to the Imperial War Museum, site of the original Bedlam, on Saturday September 14th to protest against the Bill. This was in spite of the attempts of the faint-hearted "organisers," the Mental Health Alliance, "cancelling" the march in fear of vigilante attacks on protesters following the Soham case.
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