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Popular epilepsy play teturns to West Yorkshire Playhouse

21 Aug 2000

Following a run at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, 'The Idiot' returns to the West Yorkshire Playhouse, Leeds in September.

Based on the novel by Dostoevsky, who himself had epilepsy, The Idiot has been devised by Paul Jepson, in an attempt to heighten awareness, and reduce stigma surrounding the condition.

So far, The Idiot has toured Edinburgh, with plans to visit Leeds schools and community centres, the Nottingham Playhouse and also to Denmark.

Prince Myshkin is the sensitive and kind central character, played by Claus Damgaard. The Prince has epilepsy, and has to fight the prejudices of friends and society, who assume he is an idiot. Writer Paul Jepson says that the play is "about the challenge the characters present to the audience rather than being specifically about epilepsy."

The play has received much critical acclaim, and will be returning to West Yorkshire Playhouse, Leeds from 12-14 September.