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RENDEZVOUS! SEE OPERATING THEATRE AT LIVE THEATRE!

Grace is a single mother with a teenage daughter and a pair of twins. She’s just got divorced and the boiler’s on the blink. None of which is the main problem. The main problem is daughter Janie. Mel, Gracie’s best friend, says “Don’t worry. It’s just a phase she’s going through”. But Grace isn’t so sure. And what can she do if Janie won’t talk to her…

Rendezvous, the celebration of the work of playwright Julia Darling at Live Theatre in Newcastle includes a rare chance to see Letters Home normally only seen by medical school students.

Originally, broadcast on Radio 4, Letters Home, about anorexia, was given to Operating Theatre by Julia Darling, a founder member of the company, to be performed to students to accompany a lecture on the subject.

Operating Theatre, began its life in Newcastle Medical School in 2001 and Julia continued to be involved with the project until her death 10 years ago. Operating Theatre performs Letters Home at the Medical School each year along with three other plays which students watch as part of their training.

LETTERS HOME: LIVE THEATRE: THURSDAY JUNE 4: 6 P.M.
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FOR THE BEST! UNAVOIDABLE THEATRE!

Louise has a friend. Her name is Brenda, she’s come to care about Brenda a lot. Only now Brenda is dead and Louise is heart-broken. But what makes her really angry is that nobody seems to understand why she’s so upset. Instead, everyone thinks she should stop making a fuss and pull herself together. Because who’s Brenda after all? Just someone she looked after. And anyway, really, perhaps given what Brenda was, maybe it’s all for the best.

Operating Theatre’s thought-provoking drama For the Best explores the question of why it is that the Brendas of this world die twenty years before the rest of us, this in a country that prides itself on equal health care for all.

For the Best has now been performed at major events in London and Birmingham. Further performances are scheduled for NHS staff in June in London and Leeds as part of Learning Disability Week.

“Amazingly fluent, poignant and unavoidable theatre…thought-provoking…emotional and incredibly moving…."

To enquire about booking for For the Best: operatingtheatre@inbox.com

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