‘Thought-provoking, poignant and unavoidable theatre‘
Audience member For the Best
Welcome to Operating Theatre. We provide bespoke theatrical experiences that can transform the way people think about health and well being. We have over fifteen 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 clients tell us this on a regular basis.
You can 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. We would love to hear from you.
It has been a busy few weeks which is why we haven’t posted on our website for a while.
CANDO meetings are proceeding apace and as we learn more about the impact epileptic seizures can have on people’s lives it is clear that new technologies will have an important role to play in reaching those who do not respond to conventional drug treatments. We met all of the team, scientists, engineers, artists and administrators involved in the project and there is a wealth of talent working hard to bring about a successful project
Our ongoing collaboration with the Royal College of Surgeons Edinburgh means we are meeting to present a series of scenarios to surgeons and patients in Newcastle Upon Tyne. The sketches were produced in response to a brilliantly productive day long workshop in Edinburgh. We are fortunate to have the very talented Gary Kitching and Rachel Gay working with us on bringing them to life.
We are back at the Med School in Newcastle next week with White Lies and we would like to thank all of the staff at the Neo Natal Unit at the the RVI for their continued support.
Back soon with more news. In the meantime have a look around the website or get in touch and let us know what you are involved in
Alex Elliott, Artistic Director Operating Theatre
We would like to thank the Royal College of Surgeons Edinburgh for hosting ICONS, a day long event dedicated to improved Shared Decision Making and Informed Consent. The room was full of highly experienced and committed surgeons who shared their views and literally rolled their sleeves up to address the challenges true SDM poses. We will be producing some short films this year with RCSEdinburgh and have lots of material to work with.
We are also delighted to be working with some outstanding researchers who are engaged in a pioneering treatment for epilepsy. CANDO have been awarded funding by Wellcome to expand their public engagement. They will be working with internationally renowned artists Susan Aldworth and Andrew Carnie to develop workshops, virtual reality technology and mobile pop up events to showcase the science behind CANDO. The human impact of epilepsy will be at the heart of Operating Theatre’s collaboration and we look forward to working hand in hand with the CANDO team. Taking place over the next three years, it will culminate in art exhibitions at Hatton Gallery and Vane Gallery in Newcastle upon Tyne in 2020. Find out more here
We are also engaged in the process of putting all of our films online. You can view Going Under a touching portrait of the consequences of clinical error by going to the FILM page.
We recently celebrated the incredible work nurses and midwives do by presenting a new commission ‘A Serious Incident’ at the Newcastle Hospitals 19th Annual Nursing and Midwifery Conference. It was a fantastic experience for us. Stimulating, challenging and humbling too. The commissioners wrote to us after the event to say:
‘We are all still on a high… it has been a real pleasure to work with you… you helped us hold our nerve when we were a bit scared and took fledgling ideas and created something that resonated so well with the audience. It was amazing to see..’
Frances Blackburn, Deputy Director of Nursing and Patient Services Freeman The Newcastle upon Tyne Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust.
We have been busy on several projects this year and are delighted to announce that, as part of the THINK SAFE programme, our series of comedy sketches on Patient Safety, ‘Whose Leg is it Anyway?‘, is now available to everyone. It’s a great way to get the conversation started about patients’ involvement in their own safety.
‘highly engaging, interactive and most importantly thought provoking…’ Dr Richard Cooper, Head of Northern School of Radiology
The website has a free resource pack for you to download.
You can watch the full length film (24 mins) here. Enjoy