'Stunted Trees and Broken Bridges ' - Film

Theatre of Debate toured a live theatre production of ‘Stunted Trees and Broken Bridges' by Ben Musgrave in Spring 2015,'Stunted Trees and Broken Bridges' is now available as a Theatre of Debate film.

In this clip from Ben Musgrave’s ‘Stunted Trees and Broken Bridges” , Jeanette (Heather Bleasdale) scans Emerson’s (Petrice Jones) brain .

Beginning in the year 2017, the story revolves around a young man, Emerson (played by Petrice Jones) , who experiences volatile episodes after the death of his mother (played by Heather Bleasdale) . He is expelled from school after a violent outburst and then seriously assaults a rival when provoked. Facing trial and becoming increasingly concerned about his inability to control his behaviour, Emerson reluctantly agrees to undergo a brain scan. The drama explores the issues raised by advances in novel neurotechnologies.


'Stunted Trees and Broken Bridges' supports the achievement of attainment targets outlined in Keystages 4 in Science, English, Drama, ICT, and SMSC ( Spiritual, moral, social and cultural development).


Developed in partnership with The Nuffield Council on Bioethics,The British Neuroscience Association,The Association of Medical Research Charities (AMRC), and supported by the Wellcome Trust.


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