Delirium is an ongoing music/research project looking at hospital-induced delirium.

For the love of God, may they never cure our madmen – only let them lessen their suffering creating their own vision of life.
Augusto Boal, Games for Actors and Non-Actors

“An amazing piece of work, so sobering, real and true. Congratulations, this work needs to be heard [by] all ICU staff […] a lesson in humanity and sensory input” Kim Walmach, Transplant Coordinator and former ICU nurse.

Part II was premiered at the University of the Witwatersrand on 2 March 2017. It is based on interviews and hospital recordings, undertaken with the support of the Wits Donald Gordon Medical Centre research office. Part II is performed by Victoria Hume, Chris Letcher and Waldo Alexander. Mixed by Chris Letcher.

Part I was premiered in London’s Old Operating Theatre in summer 2013, and has since been performed at the Green Man Festival, the Royal College of Psychiatry, Manchester Metropolitan University, the International Conference of Culture, Health & Wellbeing (Bristol), the Vortex (London), and the Wits Institute for Social Economic Research (Johannesburg).

Composed and produced by Victoria Hume with additional arrangements by Quinta and Christopher Reed. Performed by Victoria Hume, Quinta, Christopher Reed and Adem Ilhan. Mixed by Victoria Hume and Adem Ilhan.

Sincere thanks to the Reading ICU Support Group and to other interviewees who generously gave their time and voices to this project – without whom this would not have been possible.

Delirium Parts I and II were supported by the PRS Foundation for Music’s Women Make Music scheme. Delirium Part II was also supported by the Composers’ National Collegium (South Africa), the Anton Hartman Trust Bursary, and the Division of Music, Wits School of Arts (University of the Witwatersrand). 

To find out more, please email

The full masters thesis is available here: HUME, V.J. MASTERS DISSERTATION and appendices




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