Written by Ashley Adelman

Based on the exposé that shocked the world, Ten Days in the Mad-house, IVP and Wildrence’s newest show, Nellie and the Women of Blackwell, is the first of a series of fully immersive, guided theatre experiences focused on women’s history.


In this play, only 16 audience members are selected to follow our heroine, Nellie Bly as she navigates the halls of Blackwell Insane Asylum to discover what the living conditions were like for Blackwell’s patients, many of whom were women.


Audience members are encouraged to explore the space, either on their own or in groups, and ask the characters questions to help further Nellie’s quest, and to gain a better understanding of women’s lives in this period of history.