How to Live


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Big questions call for big answers. After years of research, Bobby Baker is ready to give us the answer to the biggest question of all:

How to Live ?

I initially thought up this idea to poke fun at the treatment that I was receiving and my frustration with the training material generated in the United States. I discovered the world of therapies, their inventors and websites. I wanted to create my own ‘therapy’ as a subversive commentary. Gradually, though, I grew to respect and become interested in this movement and so wokred with Richard Hallam to research the subject in depth. He is a clinical psychologist, has been a practitioner in the NHS, a lecturer, with a background in social anthropology, so has contributed a great deal to my thinking.

Here are three quotes from collaborators:

I would say that the pea rig is probably the most difficult thing I have ever made and certainly the most beautiful’ Simon York, set builder and structural engineer.

‘It’s good working with collaborators who don’t feel the need to prove everything all the time’ Steve Wald, production manager.

‘As a complete novice to theatre, I was struck that a group of anarchic individuals could work so effectively together when they had a clear goal in view’ Richard Hallam


Performance Assistant – Frank Bock
Performance Direction – Polona Baloh Brown
Music Composed by – Jocelyn Pook
Consultant – Dr Richard Hallam
Film, graphics and website – Deborah May
Production Design – Miranda Melville
Lighting Design – Chahine Yavroyan
Photography – Andrew Whittuck
Lyrics – Clare Allan
Production Manager – Steve Wald
Set Construction – Simon York
Costumes – Chris Winter and Daria Gibson
Make up – Stephanie Lamb
Production Assistant – Rachel Snider
Music direction – Harvey Brough
Recorded vocals – English Chamber Choir
Supporters – The Wellcome Trust and Arts Council England.