"Going that bonkers was a very weird experience and often really funny."


Originally an installation created for DeStressFest at Attenborough Arts Centre, produced by G Sian, it will now be touring the country Autumn 2020 to Spring 2021 . If you're interested in booking the work, please get in contact with me.

"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 should't be here.

This is a mistake. This is madness."

A fully immersive piece 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 Mental Health Unit Leicester, read about moments in the ward (such as escaping to the Champagne Bar, falling madly and obsessively in love, being punched by a fellow inmate), and 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


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, Leicester Partnership NHS Trust and Wellcome Trust Institutional Strategic Support Fund (University of Leicester).