Why work with us
Motivating behaviour change is difficult. While knowledge is important, other social and psychological factors are at play. Our work purposely designs characters and storylines in dramas that provide viewers with relatable models, that connect with them on a personal and emotional level, rather than through information alone. Dramas may help viewers become more receptive to new ways of thinking, as ideas are no longer abstract concepts but are experiences lived by individuals, through the dramas’ characters.
So-called edu-entertainment is defined as a communication strategy that intentionally seeks to reinforce or change attitudes, values, beliefs, or social practices by integrating educational content into entertainment productions.
Since 1995 we have commissioned and produced UK-wide tours of 16 original projects exploring advances in scientific research. We have worked with world-leading organisations including universities, the Wellcome Trust, arts centres, research centres, learned societies, charities and more.
What We Offer
- Design, production and delivery of creative projects including theatre, film and digital media for specific issues
- Facilitated workshops with scientists, researchers and creatives to explore creative and impactful ways to engage the public
- Expert advice on public engagement programmes
- Live theatre or films
- Support and resource materials for schools
- Facilitation of debate and discussion
- Widening participation
- Talks and seminars
- Plays, films and digital media
- Resources to support organisations to develop and support debates
- Professional facilitation / training facilitators...
- Widening participtation
Issues that we have addressed
- Patient and public involvement
- Sugar, obesity and type 2 diabetes
- Genetic disease and screening
- Electronic patient information
- Clinical trials
- Novel neurotechnologies
- Stem cells in research and therapy
- The use of animals in medical research
The above images are were all created by Shakeeb.abu.hamdan live as he captured and interpreted presentations by Dr Susan Jebb, Dr Lindiwe Male Sibanda and Professor Tim Lang who participated in the Hungry Generator Workshop.
Theatre of Debate Live Premium Model
We have produced 60 plus regional, national and international tours of plays by professional playwrights reaching an estimated one million young people in schools, youth clubs, community venues, studio theatres, prisons and young offenders centres.
- UK tours of up to 10 weeks ( up to 50 performances reaching up to 15000 students) and shorter tours, up to 3 weeks (up to 30 performances reaching up to 4500 students).
- City and regional tours, up to 3 weeks (up to 30 performances reaching up to 4500 students).
Important: A tour can either be a new commission or a revival of an existing production.
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Theatre of Debate Digital Debate on Demand
- screen a film of a live performance
- facilitate the debate yourself
Each Digital Debate offers you
- Essential information about the area of research that the TOD production explores.
- A set of pre screening questions (PowerPoint) to capture what your audience know and feel about the subject matter before watching the film
- A film of the live drama (60 minutes)
- Film Trailer (2 minutes)
- Clips from the film to stimulate debate
The preparatory notes, the play, the debate and resources have all been created in consultation with researchers, scientists and other appropriate experts,.
- The Debate - A set of questions/statements - including some repeats of the pre screening questions so that you can assess what your audience have learnt and whether or not their attitudes have changed.
- A PDF of the dialogue from the film clips
Theatre of Debate Digtial Shorts
'From the Dentist's chair'
Created for the University of Leeds, School of Dentistry in collaboration with Dr Wendy Thompson and Prof Sue Pavitt. From the Dentist’s chair’ Comprises of five filmed short monologues each one featuring a different character. Set in a dental surgery in West Yorkshire, at the start of the new year - one of the characters has died and the audience has to guess which one has met with an unfortunate end as a result of the misuse of antibiotics. The end user watches the short monologues and has to decide which character died.
The monologues are currently being used at conferences and for training workshops as a way of raising awareness around Antimicrobial-resistance
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'Things I couldn't tell you'
Developed in partnership with The Wellcome Sanger Institue's Society and Ethics group led by Anna Middleton
While broadly inspired by the ongoing ABC versus St Georges legal case, the first case in English law to deal with a relative's claim over issues of genetic responsibility, the characters and the dialogue have been fictionalised.
The five monologues, each one representing the voice of the different parties involved; the family, the clinician and the legal professional, revealing their varying perspectives over a period of eighteen years. A woman discovers, after giving birth, that her mother carried the gene for Huntington's disease, a degenerative, incurable brain condition. Later she found out she had inherited the gene and that her own son, has a 50% chance of having it. The monologues have been created to engage viewers in debating the central question posed by the trial - Should there be a right to be informed about a family member's genetic disorder?
Wellcome Sanger have used the monologues in a survey designed to research UK public attitudes towards Doctors' duties towards patients and their families in the genomic
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Theatre of Debate short live plays (30 minutes)
'Don't Smile '- a love story with a dental theme was developed in partnership with Leeds Uuniversity School of Dentistry and Leeds University School of Performance and Cultural industries . The short play (30 minutes) performed by students from Leeds University School of Performance and Cultural studies with facilitated debates led by the Dental Students .
'Mrs X' - tells the story of Alexander Fleming's discovery of penicillin and its impact on our lives, then and now. Created in partnership with Imperial College for family audiences - recently performed at the Great Exhibition Road Festival 2019 and the Imperial College festival.
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Connected Systems Machine learning
Connected Systems Machine learning
From the dentist's chair workshop