The Asylum set to re-open its doors in Midlothian

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The Bonnyrigg youth behind a play which focuses on mental health issues is inviting Midlothian residents to return to ‘The Asylum’ this October.

Ryan Sturrock (20), of Chesters Court, impressed audiences back in March when his production company’s first drama, The Asylum, opened its doors for a two-night run at Lasswade High School.

Positive feedback has led to the play being picked up by the Scottish Mental Health Arts and Film Festival, with a longer, re-vamped version set to go on a mini-tour of the Lothians next month.

Ryan, who is employed as a youth worker at Midlothian Council, said: “The extra scenes and characters have added something extra to the play. It’s great that people enjoyed the first performances earlier in the year, however we have tried to make the new script more interesting and thought provoking than the original.”

The Asylum will be challenging audiences at Lasswade High School (October 7), The Gothenburg, Prestonpans (October 8) and Penicuik YMCA (October 9 and 10). Performances start at 7pm, with doors set to open at 6.30pm.

Tickets (available from: www.wtlproductions.co.uk) cost £5 each, and discounts are available for groups and high schools.

Read full story in the September 26 edition of the Midlothian Advertiser.