Dayglo

Written by Abi Bown / Produced by Theatre of Debate

Description

‘Dayglo’ tells the story of a mother and daughter both affected by breast cancer and their relationship with a teenage boy whose family is affected by sickle cell anaemia.

Abi Bown’s moving play explores the issues raised by the personalisation of medical treatments according to our genes.

Developed in partnership with The Association of Medical Research Charities (AMRC) the University of Ulster, the NHS Sickle Cell & Thalassaemia Screening Programme and supported by the Wellcome Trust.

The live production and debate of Dayglo toured schools throughout the UK and has been seen by 6,422 students and teachers. Y Touring/Dayglo had a one-week live residency was resident at the Royal Albert Hall during National Science and Engineering Week in March 2012. The film of the production was screened at the Exeter Picturehouse cinema, Cambridge Picturehouse cinema, Stratford Picturehouse cinema , Brighton Picturehouse .

Details

Focus: Genetic inheritance, genetic testing and screening, personalised genetic medicine, the BRCA gene, sickle cell anaemia, living with inherited genetic disorders. The play also explores other themes relating to spiritual, social, moral, social and cultural development including family conflicts and living with a long term illness.

Who is Dayglo suitable for: It is appropriate for both 14 – 16 and 16+ age groups. Teachers can use the project across subjects and curricula, specifically in Science, PSHE, Citizenship, English, Drama and RS. It is also suitable for Science Communicators, medical students, nurses, health workers and home educators.

Length: 68 minutes

Full Film: Available through Theatre of Debate, with subtitles by Stagetext

Resources: Available for teachers and students, science communicators and health workers

Synopsis

Dayglo tells the story of a mother (Evelyn) and daughter (Stella) both affected by breast cancer and their relationship with a teenage boy (Noel) whose family is affected by sickle cell anaemia.

Abi Bown’s moving play explores the issues raised by the personalisation of medical treatments according to our genes. Within the main storyline other themes are explored including living with long-term illness, mother/daughter relationships, sexuality.

Characters

Evelyn (48), self-declared punk priestess with a rich and chaotic life, lived on the fringes of the establishment. Now diagnosed with breast cancer.

Stella (17), Evelyn’s daughter, raised by the artistic community, her grandmother and herself. She has moved back in with Evelyn to support her.

Noel (19) serves at The Chicken Shack, a fast-food joint on the site of ‘Backtrax’, Evelyn’s old record shop haunt. Noel’s family have a history of Sickle Cell anaemia

Brian (32), Oncology nurse, gay. Brian fell in love with Evelyn’s music when he was 18 whilst clubbing. Brian recognised Evelyn on the cancer ward six months ago and they have since became close friends.

Dayglo – Winner of the British Science Association

“Ways of engaging the public in debate on scientific issues, like the applications of genetic technology, are desperately needed. A highly imaginative theatrical venture by Y Touring theatre company has found a brilliant solution.”

“I would recommend Dayglo because it is a truly original way of bringing cutting edge science into schools. Our Yr 11’s were really engaged with the event, some were tweeting about it that very same evening.”

Developed in partnership with

The Association of Medical Research Charities (AMRC)

The University of Ulster

The NHS Sickle Cell & Thalassaemia Screening Programme

Supported by the Wellcome Trust and the Royal Albert Hall Education.

Created in collaboration with

Kimberly Jamie,ESRC/Pharmacy Practice Research Trust PhD student, University of York

Maggie Alexander, Director of Policy, Education and Influencing, Breakthrough Breast Cancer

Professor Katherine Payne, Professor of Health Economics, Health Sciences – Methodology School of Community Based Medicine, The University of Manchester

Professor Munir Pirmohamed, NHS Chair of Pharmacogenetics, University of Liverpool

Professor Valerie McKelvey-Martin, Head of Engagement and Professor of Molecular Biosciences, Department of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences, University of Ulster, Coleraine (UUC)

Dr. Sophie Petit-Zeman, Adviser, Patient Involvement & Engagement, Association of Medical Research Charities (AMRC)

Dr Olivier Harari, Clinical Science Leader, Roche Products Ltd

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