Takin' Over the Asylum

Takin’ Over the Asylum

By Donna Franceschild
Based on the scripts for the BBC television serial written by Donna Franceschild
Directed by Mark Thomson
A co-production with the Citizens Theatre, Glasgow

We are loonies! And we are proud!

When Ready Eddie McKenna, Soul Survivor and double-glazing salesman, arrives to re-launch a defunct hospital radio station in a psychiatric unit, he turns more than the ramshackle station upside-down. The whisky drinking would-be DJ meets the irrepressible Campbell whose dreams seem untouched by reality, the hyper-organised Rosalie who is fighting a one-woman war against germs, the electronic genius Fergus whose voices tell him he’s a stupid bastard, and the brittle and self-destructive Francine.

As the patients battle with perception and prejudice as much as illness, Eddie, armed only with his soul music record collection, transforms their lives as well as his own.

Features a fantastic R&B soundtrack including Soul Man, Rainy Night in Georgia and Can't Get Next To You.

Takin' Over the Asylum will transfer from the Citizens Theatre, Glasgow, having played there from 14 February - 9 March 2013.

The Lyceum is delighted to be hosting the Young Peoples' Mental Health & Wellbeing and the Arts Symposium on Thursday 21 March - more information available here

Our production trailer for Takin' Over the Asylum

See rehearsal and production photos in our gallery

Key information

This production has now ended


  • Wed 13 Mar, 7.45pm
  • On sale 9 Jan 2013


  • Tuesday to Saturday, 7.45pm
  • Running time 2h 25m (inc 20 minute interval)


  • Wednesdays and Saturdays, 2.30pm
  • Running time 2h 25m (inc 20 minute interval)


  • £14.50-£29
  • Concessions available for under 18s, over 60s, students, unemployed, disability
  • Side-view seats are also available: £10-£15
  • Previews, all seats £7.50 (unreserved seating, no concessions)
  • £1 transaction fee applies per booking

Full information on dates, times and prices

Programmes and Playscripts

  • Programmes available - £3
  • Playscripts of the show available - £5