In this experimental London lab, vital elements of a revolutionary medicine — perversion, performance and immersive theatre — combine and come to life. And what better date for it than Friday May 13?
Psycho Ward Friday 13th invites patients to step into the asylum for the night and embrace insanity. If the chance of a close encounter with a perverse nurse gets your pulse racing, then book yourself in for a dose of psychofetishism now!
As the popularity of immersive theatre takes hold, fetish scene veterans will smile at the familiarity of the idea of an event where everyone steps into a role in a decadently dressed venue.
Patients make connections as they perform surreal tasks together to earn their ‘medication’ from the retox clinic.
At a recent event, the ward filled with giggles as student doctors watched a gynaecology exam. On that occasion, a giant tentacle was found to be the root of the problem and promptly removed — proving that laughter can be the best medicine.
Psycho Ward has also earned a reputation for performance art and a balanced darkness within its unique cabaret shows. Headliners such as Marnie Scarlet and Mad Alan have brought fierce grace and a punk ethos to the operating theatre.
But the stage alone cannot usually contain these happenings; mania leaks into the wards and hallucinations are experienced.
Previous visitors have been invited to experiment on Beatrix Carlotta — the push of each button drawing her to different fetishistic delights. Patients also take to the ward to perform their own experimental play together, indulging in their own insanity with an array of medical equipment including vacbed and violet wands.
If you’re looking for something freaky for Friday 13th, Psycho Ward is in session at Resistance Gallery from 8pm ’til late with performances from Syban, Beatrix Carlotta and Helena Kuntz, and goth and alt tunes by DJ Darkstar and Heleness. Tickets cost £15 on the door.