Operating Theatre

Operating Theatre are a North East based company that provide bespoke theatrical experiences that can transform the way people think about health and well being.

New show explores the future impact of technology on the human body

The new show Deep Mind & the Great Puzzle has been developed by Operating Theatre in response to the CANDO project. It was meant to be performed at Alphabetti Theatre, Newcastle upon Tyne and at Ushaw Historic House, Chapel and Gardens, Durham in March 2020 but was cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

We hope to be able to perform the show once restrictions are loosened and theatres are reopened.  

Deep Mind and The Great Puzzle

The race is on for the Golden Key, the medical theory of everything, the tool which will revolutionize the treatment of human disease, diagnosing more quickly and efficiently, establishing what drugs will work and what will not, eradicating error.

PNN have been searching for the Key for the last twenty years. Now they believe they've found it. But what happens now? Who will get the Key? Who should it be given to? Who will benefit and who will not?

Enlightenment 3, Susan Aldworth & Andrew Carnie, monoprint 2015, 85 x 76cms

Making for the Light

Making for the Light is a 30-minute play about living with epilepsy. It follows the story of Ella, an artist living with epilepsy. A groundbreaking treatment offers her a chance to make for the light and live symptom-free, but will it alter who she is?

Flier for Operating Theatre's Making for the Light. Image: Fine Art Degree Show 2015 by Matt Horne.

Making for the Light was first performed at Live Theatre Studio, Newcastle upon Tyne on 22nd November 2018.

Cast: Rachel Gay and Gary Kitching, Director: Alex Elliott

Writers: Alex Elliott and Carol Clewlow, AV Technician: Craig Davidson

If you would like to perform the play, please email michael.white2@ncl.ac.uk. No fee will be charged for performance rights. No alterations may be made to in the title or the text of the play without the author's prior written consent. 

Making for the Light PDF 166Kb

PDF script of Making for the Light by Operating Theatre. A play about art and epilepsy.

The Illuminated Self

For the launch of our public engagement, Operating Theatre produced a short five minute drama sketch introducing the topic and history of epilepsy.  It is written for two characters to be performed on a stage but can be adapted or performed as a piece for voices.

The script is available to download and perform and would be suitable as an introduction for an epilepsy linked event or even a school assembly.

The Illuminated Self Video

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A short sketch for 2 people introducing the idea of epilepsy through the sayings and writings of people throughout history who have studied or lived with epilepsy.