Benji Waterhouse – You Don’t Have to be Mad to Work Here

Tickets £10.50/£8.50



Why would anyone in their right mind choose to be a psychiatrist? That’s a question NHS psychiatrist Dr Benji Waterhouse addresses in his humane, hilarious and heart-breaking fly-on-the-padded-wall account of life in a psyche ward. For Waterhouse dealing with a schizophrenic lorry driver who thinks he’s found the cure for coronavirus and helping a bipolar American whose flown into England in a wedding dress convinced she’s about to marry Harry Styles are all part of a day’s work. But how can he and his colleagues give such vulnerable patients the best treatment when psychiatry lacks staff, beds and actual cures?

Chaired by Will Mackie





‘A darkly comic personal trawl through the world of psychiatry and the idiosyncratic characters struggling on both sides of the divide. Honest, funny, saddening and uplifting all rolled into one.’ – Jo Brand, comedian and former psychiatric nurse


Booking Information

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Hexham Library, Queen's Hall Art Centre
Hexham Library, Queen's Hall Art Centre, Beaumont Street, Hexham, NE46 3LS


28 Apr 2024


5:45 pm - 6:45 pm

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