Operating Theatre


‘Incredibly moving…  ’ Jane Cummings, Chief Nursing Officer, England

‘Really powerful..’ Ann Chivers, Chief Executive, British Institute of Learning Disability

Very thought-provoking’ Lisa Molloy, Disability Partnership




The race is on for the Golden Key, the tool which will revolutionise the treatment of human disease, diagnosing more quickly and efficiently, establishing what drugs will work and what will not, eradicating error. PNN have been working on Apogee for the last twenty years. Now they believe they’re ready.

But with an important press conference coming up, disagreements about the future of Apogee have started to surface. Important and difficult decisions need to be made. Who will get the Key? Who should it be given to? Who will benefit and who will not?

Join a screening and panel discussion of the short film ‘Deep Mind’ by Operating Theatre on Thursday 3rd December at 7pm.

Confirmed members of the panel include Professor Andrew Jackson, professor of neural interfaces and co-PI of the CANDO project, Dr Semande Ayihongbe, lecturer in law at Newcastle University along with writer and director of Deep Mind, Alex Elliott.

The event will take place on Zoom with the film screening occurring on YouTube.  A link to the film will be provided via email prior to the event as well as in the Zoom meeting itself.

For further information and to register for this free event please click HERE


We decided to cancel all of the performances of our new play Deep Mind at both Alphabetti Theatre and Ushaw College just before Lockdown.  We were very disappointed as it was looking great, but the health and wellbeing of our performers and technicians, panel members and audiences was, and is, paramount. We will do all we can to restage the piece when it is safe to do so but are delighted that we can now make a 30 minute film of Deep Mind available to schools, colleges and other institutions. There will be educational resources available free of charge thanks to the generosity of the Wellcome Foundation and the Catherine Cookson Trust.

We would like to thank Ali and all of the team at Alphabetti Theatre as well as Lucy Jenkins and Ushaw College and our Board for their understanding and support. These are challenging times and we will do all we can to support efforts to keep people safe and well.

Alex Elliott – Artistic Director

Carol Clewlow – Producer

What a Piece of Work was commissioned by the CANDO project to mark the opening of the Illuminating the Self exhibition at the Hatton Gallery which features the work of Andrew Carnie and Susan Aldworth. Andrew very kindly agreed to us using his images for our piece.

Welcome to Operating Theatre. We provide bespoke theatrical experiences that can transform the way people think about health and well being. We have nearly twenty years of experience of responding to commissions and creating original and authentic drama for live performance as well as on film.

We deliver plays, monologues, theatre based workshops, training films and educational events. We have worked with all sorts of organisations and healthcare professionals and know that what we do helps to make a difference. Our Script Service page is a good place to go for more information

Contact us to discuss your project, in confidence, and we will be happy to use our experience to craft a proposal that best suits your needs. We believe health and well being concerns us all and better health comes through collaboration. Let’s get started.