Advances in science and research raise social and ethical issues for us all. Working with leading scientists, researchers and experts together with artistic teams, we produce creative work to reach young people and adults that both entertain and provoke serious thought.


Theatre, live and filmed | Short and long form video | Debate and workshops


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'People are Messy' - Watch the Trailer

This trailer for 'People are Messy ' created by Helen Cooke featuring Matt Butcher as Adam, Louis Chandler Joseph as Vik, Ross McCormick as Jake, Jessica Revell as Jen

After facilitating one of the public screenings of the live performance of People are Messy this summer, Helen Cooke, a Patient Research Ambassador for Leeds and York was so impressed that she created a trailer to promote it more widely.
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'People Like Us' - Watch the Trailer

The trailer for People Like Us featuring Isobel Clarke as Gemma, Louis Krommenhoek as Tyler and Hannah Emanuel as Zoe

The film of our live production of ‘People Like Us’ Judith Johnson's new play about the lives of two young carers is ready for release. It will be premiered on Young Carers Awareness Day January 25th 2018 in London.


'People Like Us' has been specially commissioned by and developed in collaboration with Action for Carers Surrey

The film will be available for screening to all Surrey Secondary schools week commencing January 23rd 2018.


It will be available for all UK Secondary schools later in 2018.


Find out more and register to screen the film in your school or young carers group.

'People are Messy' - the Film on Tour Summer 2017

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Scenes from 'People are Messy', featuring Matt Butcher as Adam, Louis Chandler Joseph as Vik, Ross McCormick as Jake, Jessica Revell as Jen

Clinical Trials Day is celebrated around the world on or near May 20th each year in order to mark the day that pioneer James Lind started what is often considered the first Randomised Control Trial (RCT) .


This year to celebrate clinical trials day and promote patient and public involvement, the National Institute of Health Research (NIHR) International screened the film of a live performance of ‘People are Messy', Theatre of Debate's play about patient involvement in health research ( PPI ) at 10 public venues around the country .


The screenings which took place in cinemas, libraries and hospitals proved to be extremely successful for audiences of a wide age range. Find out more and register your interest to host a screening

The Crunch Plays about the Future of Food free, for schools to perform

Our relationship with food is changing, affecting our health and the world around us in new and uncertain ways.


Theatre of Debate was commissioned by the Wellcome Trust to contribute to The Crunch Project by creating five 'Play in a Days' for Primary schools to perform and 5 micro plays for secondary schools to perform.


Each play has been specially created by professional playwright’s in collaboration with leading researchers including Prof Susan Jebb and Tim Lang, to engage young people and schools in an informed debate about the future of food and the challenges that we face through drama and performance.



Find out more and download The Crunch Plays for free

'Don't Smile' The Cohesion Project wins major public engagement award

Students from Batley Girls school talk about 'Don't Smile'

The National Co ordinating Centre for Public Engagement has awarded the COHESION project (a partnership between Theatre of Debate, Leeds University and Batley Girls School) the Engage Competition 2016 - Celebrating Excellence award for Engaging with Young People for 'Don't Smile'.


The Cohesion Project has already won the Public Engagement in Research Award 2016 Research Conception Stage University of Leeds


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Theatre of Debate is a company limited by guarantee and registered in England (09299573) and a registered charity (1164944). Registered office: Theatre of Debate, 19 Battlebridge Court, Wharfdale Rd, London N1 9UA