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Theatre of Debate

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  •  The Doctor played by Annie Domingo

    The Doctor played by Annie Domingo

  •  The Grandmother played by Dawn Perlman

    The Grandmother played by Dawn Perlman

  •  The  Mother played by Amy Myles

    The Mother played by Amy Myles


We are very excited to announce that the suite of films, we were commissioned to produce by Dr Anna Middleton, Head of Society and Ethics at the Wellcome Sanger Institute are now live. 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 by playwright Nicola Baldwin.

The films take the form of 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 woman says she would have had an abortion had she known about her Mother's condition and is suing the doctors who failed to tell her about the risks she and her child faced. Should there be a right to be informed about a family member's genetic disorder?

The Society and Ethics group will use the films to research into UK public attitudes towards Doctors' duties towards patients and their families in the genomic era.

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The Doctor 2007

"I have a duty of care to my patient"

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The Grandmother 2008

"It's my right to decide whether to share my diagnosis"

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Performed by Dawn Perlman, written by Nicola Baldwin, directed by Nigel Townsend, filmed by Burc Ozkan

The Mother 2012

"I am entitled to know if I am at risk of an inherited decision"

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Performed by Amy Myles, written by Nicola Baldwin, directed by Nigel Townsend, filmed by Burc Ozkan

The Lawyer 2015

"Doctors should have a legal duty to warn patients of a genetic condition"



Advances in science and research have the potential to change the world for the better. But they can raise social and ethical issues for us all. Here at Theatre of Debate we aim to unlock conversations about potentially contentious science through creative theatre (amongst other mediums).
We work with leading scientists and experts together with artistic teams to produce creative work that entertains and provokes thought about scientific subjects. Our work reaches young people and adults and makes the complex meaningful and the challenge engaging.

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Performed by John McAndrew, written by Nicola Baldwin, directed by Nigel Townsend, filmed by Burc Ozkan

The Son 2025

"Doctors shouldn't warn relatives that they have an inherited condition"


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Performed by Alfie Kingsnorth written by Nicola Baldwin, directed by Nigel Townsend, filmed by Burc Ozkan
If you enjoyed this micro drama, check out 'From the Dentist's Chair '. Set in West Yorkshire, the action revolves round a dentist's surgery just before Christmas and in the New Year . One of the characters has died as a result of the misuse of antibiotics. Can you guess which one? Choose whether you want to experience the micro drama as film or as a podcast.
  •  Penny Episode 1

    Penny Episode 1

  •  Lily Craig facilitator and  playwright Johnathan Hall

    Lily Craig facilitator and playwright Johnathan Hall

  •   generator workshop

    generator workshop

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