The Anatomy Of Melancholy has been described as “the greatest book ever written”. Nearly 400 years old, it is a vast, 1500-page attempt to identify the causes, symptoms and cures for all kinds of melancholy. Written by vicar and librarian Robert Burton it contains all the wisdom of its age – arcane, outlandish and hilarious. Yet, amidst all the wild stories and suppositions, much of its advice remains as urgent and profound now as it did then.
Ten years ago a Serbian festival director challenged Stan’s Cafe to adapt this, his favourite book, for the stage, stating that they were the only company he could imagine pulling it off. So this is their attempt to bring The Anatomy Of Melancholy, perhaps the world’s most extraordinary self-help manual, to the stage.
Devised and Performed by
The STUDIO at The REP
- Address: Centenary Square, Broad Street, Birmingham, B1 2EP
The REP’s newest auditorium. The STUDIO seats 300 people. Wheelchair seating is available.
The STUDIO is a highly flexible performance space and stands by the entrance to the Library Of Birmingham.
- Box Office: 0121 236 4455
Past events in this season
The healing power of theatre
A documentary about five lesbian and gay people from Birmingham
Charlene James’ witty, insightful and moving new play
Is depression an inescapable part of ‘the human condition’ and if so are we all more or less happy than we once were? Inspired by their reading of Robert Burton’s amazing 400 year old...
Do you have a favourite poem which you always turn to in good and bad times? If so, come to a reading of popular Stress Busting poems by a team of trained readers from the Hearth Centre’s...
Two monologues on mental health
An introduction to mental health and mental health issues
A specially commissioned film
Charlene James’ new play, "Jump! We’ll Catch You":http://birmingham-rep.co.uk/event/jump-well-catch-you/ provides the catalyst for participants to create a short piece of written drama. The...
This special comedy evening is the culmination of a six week stand-up comedy course led by Women & Theatre’s Artistic Director, Janice Connolly (aka comedy circuit headliner Mrs Barbara Nice). Come...
Mess offers an insight into the experiences of anorexia and recovery that challenges popular misconceptions. This bespoke workshop, created with medical experts from King’s College London’s...
It's about anorexia. But don't let that put you off.