The Anatomy of Melancholy: Script


Written four hundred years ago by librarian and vicar Robert Burton, The Anatomy Of Melancholy has been described as ‘the greatest book ever written’. Its 1500 pages are full of cutting-edge science, maids vomiting pebbles, priests defecating in ditches, lovers unrequited, friends who can’t be parted, plus enormous expansive long lists of every food, herb, location, activity or occupation that can bring on or cure melancholy in any one of its many forms.

In their compelling stage adaptation, Stan’s Cafe transform this extraordinary book into a grand cure for melancholy that reveals how closely 17th century approaches to life and depression resemble our own.