Meet Mark. “The thing is I’ve got myself into a bit of a mess…” Mark’s an actor. “I keep forgetting my lines. I’ve left my girlfriend and I’m beginning to stink….and to make matters worse I’ve met the Devil”.
It’s 1995. Mark Lockyer is playing Mercutio in Romeo and Juliet in Stratford-Upon-Avon. On a sunny afternoon he has nothing to do so decides to get out of town and go for a walk along the bank of the River Avon.
An encounter along the way changes things profoundly and forever. From that point, Mark starts to lose control of his life as he abandons a promising career and embarks on a journey along a pathway to hell.
Living With The Lights On is Mark’s story – a terrifying roller coaster ride that takes him through the medical and criminal justice systems, through prison and hospital and on towards eventual recovery.
Now the Actors Touring Company is touring the drama, that is written and performed by Lockyer, ending with a London premiere at The Young Vic on March 17.
This is a gripping tale of a life lived at the edge, a personal memoir as moving as it is funny, as brutal as it is true.
Mark is testament to the fact that mental illness can happen to anyone, that the bipolar mind is not a deficient one and that, with the right treatment, there can be a life beyond it.
In tandem with the tour, the company will stage Living With The Lights On in medical environments for mental health service users and staff.
Mark Lockyer trained at RADA. His career spans three decades and includes leading roles at The National Theatre, The Royal Shakespeare Company, The Old Vic, The Young Vic and The Royal Court working with likes of Ken Campbell, Mark Rylance and Sam Mendes. Mark was most recently seen in the ATC’s production of Martyr by Marius von Mayenburg directed by Ramin Gray.
Living With The Lights On tour dates
February 24–27, Bike Shed Theatre, Exeter
March 9, North Wall Arts Centre, Oxford
March 10-11, Lantern Theatre, Liverpool
March 17-19, Young Vic Theatre, London.
March 2-3, Bracton Centre, Dartford
March 4, The Peckwater Centre, London
March 7, Warneford Chapel, Oxford
March 24, Archway Foundation, London.