People Are Messy

Written by Judith Johnson / Produced by Theatre of Debate


Judith Johnson’s powerful and sensitive play, tells the story of two very different boys with one destructive disease. Self assured consultant Adam seeks funding for his research into aplastic anaemia, but must first demonstrate the involvement of the public with the help of long term patient Vick and newly diagnosed Jake.

Developed in partnership with the Oxford Biomedical Research Centre and the National Institute for Health Research, supported by the Wellcome Trust.


Focus: The importance of public and patient involvement in medical research, living with a long term condition, rare disorders – Aplastic anaemia, the impact of ill health on family relationships.

Audience: Young people (14 plus) and adults

Length: 60 minutes

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

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