Schreber’s Nervous Illness

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DOI: 10.5040/9781784602345.10000016
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Caryl Churchill’s radio play Schreber's Nervous Illness is based on Memoirs of My Nervous Illness by former judge Daniel Paul Schreber, who spent ten years in asylums as a schizophrenic and wrote his memoirs there. The play was first broadcast on BBC Radio 3 on 25 July 1972.

The play charts the progression of Schreber’s nervous illness through his own testimony, with interjections from his psychiatrist, Dr Weber. Schreber believed that God was trying to transform him into a woman and that his mind had become a battleground between the forces of light and darkness.

The BBC Radio 3 production was directed by John Tydeman, with a cast including Kenneth Haigh as Schreber and William Fox as Weber.

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Nick Hern Books

Caryl Churchill

ISBN: 9781854590855

Series: NHB Modern Plays

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