As part of National Science Week Royal Albert Hall Learning & Participation and Y Touring were proud to present
Sunday 14 March – Friday 19 March 2010
Starfish is a new play by award-winning playwright Judith Johnson, which aims to explore the issues raised by clinical trials and the ethical issues that surround them. It is set in a small British town and tells the story of Adrian and his son Michael, a teacher in his 20s.
When Michael is diagnosed with a life-threatening illness, his father faces some very important decisions about whether to allow the use of untested drugs, if there is a chance that it may save his son?
Meanwhile, Shannon is one of Michael’s students and suffers with ‘social phobia’. Shannon gains confidence through visits to the virtual online world, Second Life.
By interweaving the stories of Shannon, and her teacher, Michael, Judith Johnson takes two very different illnesses and looks at the possibilities available to them both.
Starfish was targeted at students at KS4 but is suitable for students aged 12 upwards. The play does contain some strong language. A post show discussion with a leading scientist followed each performance.
Y Touring’s production and tour of Starfish has been developed in partnership with the Association of Medical Research Charities (AMRC) and is supported by the Wellcome Trust, National Institute for Health Research and Central YMCA.
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Y Touring Theatre Company, established in 1989, is an operation of Central YMCA, the world's leading activity for health charity and the first YMCA. Through creating high quality theatre and drama, we aim to highlight important, often difficult, current issues and empower our audiences of young people and adults to generate change in themselves, others and society.
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