Laura Crow, 24, has suffered from OCD since she was 15. At her worst, she was consumed by a compulsive need to check locks and turn lights off, which left her unable to leave the house.
Writing Greyhounds helped distract her from the debilitating effects of her illness, and she found herself writing mostly in the early hours of the morning – when her OCD was at its worst.
“It distracted me from the compulsive thoughts and rituals that become so bad in the evenings,” Laura says.
“I’ve always felt drawn to the past, epspecially the 1940s and soon I’d developed a whole set of characters and a story that had to be finished. People in a time of crisis – at breaking point – resonated with my state of mind.”
Greyhounds is a small village during World War Two. As the war rages around them, a group of residents attempt to put on a performance of Shakespeare’s Henry V, to raise money for their local Spitfire fund.
Following two successful runs in 2017, the play is set to be performed at this year’s Edinburgh Fringe. Laura plays the part of Katherine, a young woman with a gift for spotting numbers and patterns. She struggles with social interaction and adapting to change, which leads others to think of her as strange.
Laura wanted to portray the strength and resilience of someone who doesn’t fit in because of their ability to see the world differently. This, she says, is a feeling that many who struggle with their mental health will likely relate to.
When: 3rd-18th August, 8:15pm
Where: Edinburgh Fringe, the Space on the Mile