The heritage of comedy is a troubled one - littered with the shells of those whose genius is inextricably linked with mental health struggles. From Spike Milligan to Marty Feldman, Tony Hancock to Stephen Fry, Kenneth Williams to Robin Williams, their comedy pushed boundaries while they struggled in their private life.
From sectioning to suicide, debasement to depressio, this event explores the genius and instability of some of our comedy legends. Of changing attitudes to mental health language and treatment and the challenges of owning conditions of the mind in the public gaze.
Presented by acclaimed comedy historian Robert Ross and film historian Robert JE Simpson in association with CinePunked, this is a special event focussing on male mental health-related issues.