David Parkin’s Delusions of Grandeur

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Appearing at BETHLEM MUSEUM OF THE MIND

April-July 2022

"I start crying and laughing. I can see it all and why won't these people listen to me?

They take notes and raise eyebrows. Then they section me.

At five a.m. I am taken to The Bradgate Mental Health Unit in Glenfield Hospital.

I shouldn’t be here.

This is a mistake. This is madness."

‘David Parkin’s Delusions of Grandeur’ is a fully immersive installation that tells you everything you didn't want to know about being sectioned. In 2015 David suffered his first bipolar manic episode. Listen to songs he wrote and recorded while in the Bradgate Unit, read about moments in the ward (such as escaping to the Champagne Bar, falling madly and obsessively in love, and being punched by a fellow inmate), also check out David's alternative vision of seclusion.

Funny, irreverent, heartbreaking, honest and fearless, 'David Parkin's Delusions of Grandeur' lives up to its name in all respects.

NOTE: Contains strong language and material of a sensitive nature.


Advisory: Adults aged 18+ only

Collaborators:

Kate Unwin - Producer
Loz Atkinson - Visual Artist
David Conrd Dhonau - Sound
Prof. Steve Brown - Advisor
Tim Sayers & Lydia Towsey - 
Arts in Mental Health Coordinators 
(Leicester Partnership NHS Trust)

Supported by Arts Council England, Bethlem Museum of the Mind, Leicester Partnership NHS Trust and Wellcome Trust Institutional Strategic Support Fund (University of Leicester).