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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First public read through of 'People Like Us' at Emirates Stadium

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The Cast of 'People like Us' Louis Krommenhoek ( Tyler) , Isobel Clarke (Gemma) and Hannah Emanuel (Zoe) gave the first public read through of Judith Johnson's new play 'People like Us' at Emirates stadium on friday 2/12/16 for a young carers conference organised by the NHS.

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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.

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

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Spring 2017 tour of People Like Us now booking

‘People Like Us’ is a new play about young carers by award winning playwright Judith Johnson whose previous Theatre of Debate plays include ‘People are Messy’ ‘Starfish’, ‘Nobody lives For Ever’ and ‘Every Breath’ .

People Like Us has been created to raise awareness about the lives of young carers and support the achievement of attainment targets for Key Stage 3 and 4 across Citizenship, English and Drama, whilst promoting Spiritual, Moral, Social and Cultural development.

‘People like Us’ targets pupils aged 14+

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'People are Messy' - the film available Autumn 2016

Vik (Louis Chandler Joseph) meets Jake (Ross McCormick) for the first time.

Theatre of Debate toured a live theatre production of ‘People are Messy' by Judith Johnson in Spring 2016. 'People are Messy’ is now a Theatre of Debate film.

"This fabulous, entertaining and moving play goes to the heart of why involving patients and the public is so important to science and to society. It will appeal to audiences of all ages and will bring the issues to a whole new audience nationwide. I am very excited about its potential impact.” Simon Denegri, NIHR National Director for Patients and the Public

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The Crunch Plays - now available for schools to produce

Movement Director Robin Guiver shares his ideas for how you can use movement for The Beloved Burger by Rhiannon Tise

The future of food is one of the biggest challenges on our plate. Our relationship with food is changing, affecting our health and the world around us in new and uncertain ways. The Wellcome Trust has launched The Crunch to encourage the nation to explore these changes and inspire us all to create a recipe for a happier,healthier future. The activities are taking place in summer 2016.

Theatre of Debate has been commissioned by the Wellcome Trust's The Crunch project to create 10 short plays to be performed by young people and children, five for primary schools and five for secondary schools and FE colleges.

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Theatre of Debate Films - available Autumn 2016

In this clip from the film of Ben Musgrave's 'Stunted Trees and Broken Bridges' Jeanette (Heather Bleasdale) scans Emerson (Petrice Jones) brain.

This Autumn Theatre of Debate are pleased to pilot a service offering on-demand access to high quality films of our live productions.

You and your students will be able to view a film of one of our productions and engage in the debate that the production aims to stimulate, even when you are not able to book a live performance. Four of our films will be available:

People are Messy


Stunted Trees and Broken Bridges


Curriculum Enrichment

Each film supports the achievement of attainment targets outlined in Keystage 4 in Science, English, Drama, ICT (Information and Communication Technologies) and SMSC (Spiritual, moral, social and cultural development).

In addition to the film we will be offering resources and a choice of supporting workshops.

To find out more and how to book a film email Theatre of Debate.

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