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
Gerard Bell
Rochi Rampal
Graeme Rose
Craig Stephens

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  • 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

Part of Bedlam: A Festival of Mad Ideas

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Pull Yourself Together Film & Discussion

A documentary about five lesbian and gay people from Birmingham

Jump! We’ll Catch You

Charlene James’ witty, insightful and moving new play

The Anatomy Of Melancholy (Symposium)

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Poem In Your Pocket

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Staging Bipolar & Addressing Stigma Discussion

Two monologues on mental health

Mental Health First Aid Lite

An introduction to mental health and mental health issues

The Revolving Door Training

A specially commissioned film

Bedlam Festival Writing Workshop

Charlene James’ new play, "Jump! We’ll Catch You": provides the catalyst for participants to create a short piece of written drama. The...

Laughing For A Change

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 (Workshop)

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