The Room at the Top of the House

A visually inventive insight into mental health and the impact it can have on a family.

Josh finds the outside world a fascinating and frightening place. At a time when he is most vulnerable, a room of forgotten things quickly becomes the perfect place for him to escape reality. His family make a desperate attempt to help him realise there is more to life than photos on a shelf and postcards under the door.   

This is an honest and uplifting show about fear and the impact our decisions have on those we care about, told through mesmerising movement, poetic text and visual inventiveness.   

Part of INCOMING Festival, a co-production between A Younger Theatre and New Diorama Theatre in association with HOME.


Stand By are a Lincoln-based theatre company that formed in 2016. They work collectively to devise theatre that draws from personal experiences and portrays the emotional journey behind each story. They unearth hidden stories and believe that theatre can heal, recover and unite.


“Thoughtful and fresh, the young company’s well structured show has a subtly delivered but somewhat simple message of mental health awareness”  The Scotsman

★★★★  “This is a slick and thoughtful piece, using the performers' skill and the medium of physical theatre to highlight an issue that will affect as many as one in three people in their lifetimes” Fringe Guru

Twitter: @StandByTC



INCOMING is a festival celebrating the best emerging theatre companies from across the UK, co-curated by A Younger Theatre and New Diorama Theatre. Across 10 days INCOMING showcases 20 companies as well as a series of workshops and discussions. And this year we are delighted to be partnering with HOME in Manchester, to present the festival across the two cities. / @IncomingFest / #IncomingFestival

INCOMING Festival is supported using public funding by the National Lottery through Arts Council England and New Diorama Theatre's Emerging Companies Fund.