|'Sandra and Karen'|
We all do a double take as the nurse puts his body between Jeffrey and the open window. Danger averted for a moment but it feels like the nurse has just shut us in the cage with the tiger.
Jeffrey - "Midsummer Night's Dream that is dear boy, Sandra and I were just running through the introduction."
Nurse - "I don't want you to fall out of the window"
Jeffrey - "Joan is delightful. Do you know Faustus?"
When in character he can often can be heard saying "This is like a prison in here!" You can not help but contrast the actors who are temporarily trapped in these painful personas and the patients who cannot escape them.
She has been known to be so caught up in her role, that she once ripped a students t-shirt in a frenzy of Sandra's paranoia. Today she flares up once more but fortunately student Karen competently guides her to calmer shores.
We were all impressed by the students commitment to the Simulated mental health ward but Sehmi had one last pearl of wisdom,
"Within the next few months someone may be giving you the keys to the ward and say....here you go, you are in charge."
In time I know that these students will be keeping the windows locked for the safety of their patients but having the confidence to open them when the time is right for hope and freedom.