It has been a busy time for Operating Theatre. We have been involved in some great projects and are working with some fantastic partners to create some very exciting work that we can’t wait to tell you about.
August– As part of our continuing partnership programme Alex Elliott, our Artistic Director, is joining Claire Webster Saaremets of Skimstone Arts during the Edinburgh Fringe Festival in a piece about early onset demential called ‘The Ties that Bind’. It’s at the Whitespace Gallery 3rd-9th of August and 21st -23rd of August at 15:20. Come along if you’re up in Auld Reekie.
16th May – We were delighted to be invited to be a part of the 19th Nursing and Midwifery Conference celebrated at the Centre for Life in Newcastle Upon Tyne. Carol Clewlow created a piece called ‘A Serious Incident’ that brought together a modern nurse, Florence Nightingale and the perennial challenge of pressure damage. The play was very well received in spite of Gary Kitching’s best efforts to provoke the packed conference whilst playing the money chasing lawyer. What was very clear is just how dedicated and resilient the nurses of the NUTH Trust are.
23rd of March– We were invited to perform Squirrels our piece about the provision of Mental Health Services for young people, at Woodhorn in Northumberland by Cygnus Support. The piece was very well received by the audience, which was made up of Cygnus employees and partner organisations. There were a lot of experienced and dedicated workers who contributed to a lively and passionate debate about what the future should like when it comes to Mental Health Service provision for young people.
1st of March – In collaboration with Skimstone Arts we are proud to be part of the creation of a new piece called The Ties That Bind. Thanks to some development funding from Edinburgh University we are going to be exploring metaphor in dementia. How both those who are suffering from dementia and those who care for and support those people choose to express the shifting landscape that the condition creates. It’s very early days but it promises to be a really exciting project with live music, movement and a lot of surprises. The Ties That Bind will debut at the Theatre by the Lake in Keswick.
Future performance dates to follow.
26th and 27th of February- As part of our ongoing programme of short dramas delivered to medical students Year 2 students watched White Lies a piece by Steve Chambers It is a very moving piece about clinical error that really gets the students thinking about duty of candour and the fact that clinical error often comes about as a result of a whole chain of events. At the Stockton site the students craft an apology to the parent of a 30 week baby who may have been affected. This exercise is always challenging and stimulating for all involved.
16th of January – Letters Home originally created for Operating Theatre by Julia Darling was performed at the Medical School in Newcastle. It is a moving piece about anorexia and the impact of the condition on a family. Joy Sanders, who has played Grace, the mum in the piece, on several occasions, directed a very talented cast. This is part of our ongoing policy to draw on the strengths of those who have worked with us as performers and support them in developing other roles.