Shocking Treatment

  • Free
  • Performance
  • British Sign Language
A woman with shoulder-length hair and tattooed arms holds a black and white mask of Freud's face over her own, and gesticulates.
Dolly Sen singing ‘Freudever Jung’, Liz Gorman.

What you’ll do

Join Dolly Sen for a performance exploring how psychiatry has hurt Queer people under the guise of psychiatric treatment. In response to her experience of studying Wellcome archives, Dolly has created a ‘Rorschach Test’ made of fanny prints and will ask you to ‘diagnose’ the gay ones.

You will have the opportunity to participate and share your thoughts if you want to.

The performance includes strong and sexual language, and historical references to abuse (including sexual abuse) and violence (including female genital mutilation and sexual assault), mental health and identity-based discrimination.

Filming will be taking place during the event for documentation purposes. You can speak to a member of staff on the day or get in touch with any questions or if you would like to ensure you are not recorded. 



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Need to know


We’ll be in the Forum. To get there, take the lift or stairs up to level 1 and then follow the signs through the ‘Being Human’ gallery.

Place not guaranteed

Booking a ticket for a free event does not guarantee you a place. You should aim to arrive up to 15 minutes before the event is scheduled to start to claim your place. If you have any queries about accessibility, please email us at or call 020 7611 2222.

British Sign Language

This event will have British Sign Language interpretation. If you have any queries about accessibility, please email us at or call 020 7611 2222.

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About your artist

Black and white portrait of Dolly Sen's head and shoulders. Her tattooed arms are resting on a glass cabinet.

Dolly Sen

Dolly Sen has a brain of ill repute. Because of this, she is an internationally renowned writer, filmmaker, artist and troublemaker. She is a working class, Brown, Queer person who is interested in the disability and madness given to us by the world. Dolly Sen recently received a combined arts project award in collaboration with Unlimited and Wellcome Collection to develop ‘Birdsong From Inobservable Worlds’, which explores and challenges the narrative in existing mental health archives, and adds missing voices to the current archives of madness.