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From the Dentist's Chair

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  1. Episode 1 Penny
  2. Episode 2 Raghu
  3. Episode 3 Ellie
  4. Episode 4 Junior Dentist
  5. Episode 5 Lee

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‘From the dentist’s chair’ by Jonathan Hall consists of five episodes, each one featuring a different character. Set in West Yorkshire, the action revolves round a dentist’s surgery just before Christmas and directly after the new year. One of the characters has died as a result of the misuse of antibiotics.Watch the first four episodes and try to guess which character has met with an unfortunate end and why, before watching episode 5, where all will be revealed.

Written by Jonathan Hall, produced by Nigel Townsend/Theatre of Debate for Dr Wendy Thompson and Prof Sue Pavitt . This research project was funded by the National Institute of Health Research (NIHR) (Doctoral Research Fellowship) Mrs Wendy Thompson and supported by NIHR infrastructure at Leeds. The views expressed are those of the author and not necessarily those of the NIHR or the department of health and social care.

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Every Breath

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  1. Episode 1 Sonny is in his bedroom, reading an animal rights magazine. He is interrupted by his mum, who won't let him have a cat and is unsure about him going on a protest march against the use of animals in...
  2. Episode 2 Raz surprises Lina as she's working in the garden centre. They are both nervous about Raz coming over for dinner and meeting Lina's kids. Lina tells Raz that she'll be cooking a vegetarian meal...
  3. Episode 3 Anita bumps into Sonny, who is leafleting outside the university. It soon becomes clear that they don't see eye to eye on the issue of animal testing.
  4. Episode 4 The dinner party. Lina is nervous, Raz makes jokes that nobody laughs at, and Sonny and Anita get into a huge argument, with disastrous consequences.
  5. Episode 5 It's visiting hour at the hospital. Sonny is recuperating, whilst Lina quizzes him about what the doctors have said. To Lina's despair, Sonny states that he will not take any medication that has been tested on animals.
  6. Episode 6 At the garden centre, Lina is preoccupied when Raz pays her a visit. Their relationship has taken a turn for the worse, and Lina is confused about what she wants. Raz loses his temper and leaves.
  7. Episode 7 Anita visits Sonny in the hospital, bringing some information to try and persuade him to take his medication. They disagree again, and the conversation turns into an argument. Raz arrives as Anita is leaving in tears.
  8. Episode 8 Anita opens up to her mum. She is frustrated with Sonny, but admits that she has been forced to consider the true cost of using animals for human purposes. Anita discusses the loss of her father, and how he inspired her to become a scientist.
  9. Episode 9 Raz and Sonny get talking about sibling rivalry, animals and the meaning of life. Raz offers some valuable advise from the Buddhist teachings.
  10. Episode 10 Scene 10 is a continuation of scene 8
  11. Episode 11 Scene 11 is a continuation of scene 9
  12. Episode 12 Scene 12 is a continuation of scenes 8 & 10
  13. Episode 13 Scene 13 is a continuation of scenes 9 & 11
  14. Episode 14 Scene 14 is a continuation of scenes 8,10 & 12
  15. Episode 15
  16. Episode 16

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Sonny is a vegetarian who has always been concerned about the environment and animal rights. He’s just got a Saturday job on the Pussy Cat Van, a cat rescue operation, and believes strongly that it is wrong to experiment on animals. His sister Anita is a carnivorous scientist completely convinced that using animals in medical research is justified. Their mum Lina’s chances of having a love life initially depend on getting them to be civil to each other at, of all places, the dinner table. The guest of honour will be her prospective new boyfriend Raz, a painter and decorator whose newfound Buddhist spirituality gives him an interesting take on the whole debate.

As the gripping family drama unfolds, Sonny’s future plans, and his principles, are put to the test, when his health takes a turn for the worse. Judith Johnson's play takes a difficult subject and looks at both sides of the argument. The result is a thought-provoking, even-handed debate on one of the most divisive of contemporary issues.


Developed in partnership with the Association of Medical Research Charities
Supported by the Wellcome Trust, the Association of Medical Research Charities Department of Children, Families and Schools, Department of Trade and Industry
Creatives
Nigel Townsend - Director
James Daley - Sonny
Katie Donnison - Anita
Darren Saul - Raz
Tara Shaw - Lina
Collaborators
Dr. Jarrod Bailey, Science Director, Europeans for Medical Progress
Alistair Currie, formerly Campaigns Director, British Union for the Abolition of Vivisection
Vicky Cowell, Director, Seriously Ill for Medical Research
Dr. Penny Hawkins Deputy Head, Research Animals Department, RSPCA
Betty McBride, Marketing and Communications Director, British Heart Foundation
Professor John Martin, Director Centre for Cardiovascular Biology and Medicine, UCL
Dr. Sophie Petit-Zeman, Director of Public Dialogue, Association of Medical Research Charities
Dr. Janet Radcliffe Richards, Lecturer in the Philosophy of Medicine, UCL
Harald Schmidt, Assistant Director, Nuffield Council on Bioethics


The Projectionist

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  1. Episode 1 Mark and his sister Abi are at festival where Abi gets interested in a Camera Obscura side show. And Mark sees a girl he fancies...
  2. Episode 2 Candy and Mark are now going out. In an intimate moment they take photos of each other, but when Candy ends the relationship Mark takes his revenge...
  3. Episode 3 In 2016 Abi is now working for Crosstech, an IT company that uses data searches to project people's future performance. Candy on the other hand is fiercely against the growing use of technology and surveillance and goes to a demonstration...
  4. Episode 4 Mark has grown up in many ways over the last few years, but he still thinks about Candy. Everything in his life is working out fine - Candy gets back in touch and he is about to become a teacher. He is just waiting for the paperwork... a projection

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‘The Projectionist' is a disturbing new audio play by Laura FitzGerald, which explodes the myth that 'if you've done nothing wrong, you've got nothing to hide' in our surveillance society. ‘The Projectionist' explores the lives of three young people growing up in a post September 11th, Britain where surveillance takes an increasing large role. For Candy, privacy is paramount to her creativity and sense of well-being; for Abi, surveillance is her job and she is in control; for Mark, if you have done nothing wrong, then there is nothing to fear. But nothing is quite as black and white as it seems, and each of them is forced to question their ideals.


Developed in partnership with and supported by the Royal Academy of Engineering
Creatives
Director - Nigel Townsend
Elyes Gabel - Mark
Louisa Milwood Haigh - Candy
Claire Murphy - Abi
Collaborators
Nigel Gilbert, Professor Department of Sociology, University of Surrey, Guildford
Martyn Thomas FREng, Director and Principal Consultant, Martyn Thomas Associates
Colin Langham Fitt, formerly Deputy Chief Constable, Suffolk Constabulary
Charlie Edwards, Senior Researcher Demos (UK think tank)
Dr Ian Forbes, Social Science Consultant & Director
Gus Hosein, Visiting Fellow in the Information Systems Group at the London School of Economics and Political Science

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