A Journey Round My Skull
A Journey Round My Skull by KILN
A Bristol Old Vic Ferment commission.
A tale of a passionate and painful love affair told by a neurosurgeon.
A Journey Round My Skull is a beguiling and beautiful love story put under the surgeon’s knife. Told by a neurosurgeon who casts the audience as her silent patient, this show gently and playfully transports you to the streets of continental Europe, to a scrap over profiteroles, into neurosurgery and onto the tracks of a ghost train. With poetic storytelling and an extraordinary binaural sound design, A Journey Round My Skull operates on the ears as well as the heart to dissect our most intimate relationships.
Inspired by the auditory hallucinations experienced by satirist Frigyes Karinthy as described in his extraordinary 1938 medical memoir.
“it’s the careful interweaving of the patient’s auditory hallucinations that most impresses” The Guardian.
“deliberate and controlled, smart and witty” **** Time Out
“It was beautifully performed and the sound design for the operation exceptional, I closed my eyes and forgot who I was.”
Tom Morris, Artistic Director, Bristol Old Vic and co-director, War Horse
Development supported by: Arts Council England; the Wellcome Trust; Bristol Old Vic, Ferment; The Basement, Brighton; The ShowRoom, Chichester; east.by.south.east project; mac Birmingham and National Theatre Wales: WalesLab.
The production is made in collaboration with: Professor David McAlpine, UCL, Professor of Auditory Neuroscience, Dr Kay Chidley, Consultant Anaesthetist and Specialty Director for theatres at Gloucestershire Hospitals NHS Trust and Neurosurgeon Mr David Sandeman of the Frenchay Hospital in Bristol, also ‘Expert’ for Brain Tumour Research.
You can find more information about brain cancer, brain tumours and neurosurgery by visiting these websites:
The Operation: Surgery a Channel 4 documentary on awake brain surgery featuring David Sandeman one of our medical collaborators
You can also visit the Channel 4 web page, which has additional information to accompany the documentary.
If you would like to discuss any of the topics in the show, or on these websites, please visit the Discussion page.
Thanks to: The Wellcome Trust; Emma Bettridge, Lina B. Frank and Bristol Old Vic Ferment; Louisa Davies, Dan Whitehouse and mac birmingham; Mr. David Sandeman; Professor David McAlpine; Dr. Kay Chidley; Dr. Guy Undrill; Graham Feeney; Birmingham Repertory Theatre; Tim Harrison and The Basement; Andy Roberts, Robert Daniels and The ShowRoom, The University of Chichester; Nikki Pugh; Steve Ball; Jane Packman Company; Matt Ball; National Theatre Wales: WalesLab and PILOT Nights.
A huge thanks to all those who pledged their support via our Kickstarter campaign to help us take The Furies, A Journey Round My Skull and Lady GoGo Goch to Edinburgh Fringe 2014. We really couldn’t have done it without your generosity. In particular we’d like to thank… Peter Flew, Lesley Winteringham, Katy Covell, Charlotte Winteringham, Luke-Matthew Iveson Allegra Galvin, Thomas Wildish, Rebecca Thomas, Thomas Ayres, Jess Mackinnon, Ruth Davies, David Ayres, Mike Knowlden, Paul Burns, Mike Knowlden, Mike Tweddle, Jo Hunter, Ridhi Kalaria, Phill Ward, Paul Fox, Beth Rowley, Keith Dodds, Derek Nisbet, Martin Sutherland, Pete Staves, Graeme Rose, Jess Winteringham, Lizzie Moran, Rodrigo Viterbo, Kaye Winwood, Mike Kaloski-Naylor, Alison V, Omar Rafiqi, Guy Undrill, Harry Winteringham.