Bring Research to Life

Writing and performing fictional scripts, based on research, helps take ideas and complex concepts to a public audience.

Described as ‘Hard hitting’, ‘Out Like Fudge’ is one of two short plays I’ve written in Autumn 2019, based on patients, and much of it is verbatim. Fudge is a pet who died quite suddenly: our character Jo would like to leave the earth in a similar way.

Clinician Barny Hole of Bristol University asked me to write and direct it and it’s been fun working together. The dark humour in the piece as well as the will to bring written research to life, keeps us buoyant, and wanting to do more with this material.

We’ve performed it on two occasions, enabling both a PPI group, then clinicians and conference delegates at #dialysisbalance to reflect, and consider dilemmas about medical procedures from the point of view of a patient. Thanks to Jo, Karen, @ChrisPirie and Bede for their sensitive script-reading skills #dialysisbalance #bringresearchtolife #elizabethbackwellinstitute funded.