Dr Hills’ Casebook: The story of a doctor and the people he cared for

‘Dr Hills’ Casebook’ is a play from UpShoot Theatre Company, developed from our Dr Hills’ Casebook partnership project with Norfolk Record Office and Change Minds, funded by the National Lottery Heritage Fund and NORAH. From the research of Richard Johnson and members of the project, and the writing of Belona Greenwood, comes a story about Dr. William Charles Hills, the Medical Superintendent of Norfolk County Asylum from 1861-1887.

The play tells the story of how Dr. Hills cared for his many patients, in a period of great poverty and negligible health and social care, and compares it with mental health treatment today. Richard’s interest was ignited by ‘the humane and gentle approach that Dr. Hills took in his work’, and it led to ‘what has become 2 years of research at the Norfolk Record Office into an inspiring man’. Richard produced an Aide Memoire documenting life in the asylum and is creating a future biography of Dr. Hills.

A filmed production of ‘Dr Hills’ Casebook’ will be streaming live on the following dates:

  • Thursday 17th June 2021 – 7.30pm
  • Friday 18th June 2021 – 7.30pm
  • Sunday 20th June 2021 – 7.30pm
  • Thursday 24th June 2021 – 7.30pm
  • Friday 25th June 2021 – 7.30pm

These events are free to attend, they will be streaming on Zoom and will include a live Q&A with members of the project.

Tickets are available here: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/dr-hills-casebook-film-screening-tickets-153000206737

For more information about ‘Dr Hills’ Casebook’, please visit the UpShoot Theatre Company website here: https://www.upshoottheatrecompany.com/dr-hills-casebook

You can also read Richard Johnson’s Aide Memoire on Dr Hills here: http://changeminds.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/2020/04/Dr-Hills-casebook-1.pdf

The poster for Dr Hills' Casebook, with a sepia old map of Norfolk behind a blurred image of men and women in Victorian period clothing. The poster reads "Dr Hills' Casebook: A story of a Doctor and the people he cared for. He showed compassion in a Victorian Asylum, leaving an extraordinary legacy for today. Streaming June 2021. Premiere 17th June 7:30pm, 18th June 7:30pm, 20th June 7:30pm, 24th June 7:30pm, 25th June 7:30pm." A section in smaller print at the bottom of the poster reads, "A new play by Belona Greenwood with Dr Hills' Casebook members, produced and performed by UpShoot Theatre Company, filmed by Julian Claxton."

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