Direction by Christopher Heighes . Sound design by Bruce Sharp and Robert Watts
With the discovery of the x-ray in 1895 came a radical shift in what we were able to see. For the first time, the bones inside living bodies were made visible. Flesh was made transparent.
After the discovery of the x-ray in 1895 people all over the world began to test it with their hands. There was a sudden proliferation of pictures of the bones in human hands.
Human hands contain 27 bones. Among them, the lunate, the scaphoid, the capitate.In 27 segments, I will put together, as one might assemble the bones of an exhumed hand , the life of one man: a radiologist, an immigrant, my grandfather. Lunate, scaphoid, capitate. In the same 27 segments, I will offer a brief and fractured history of the beginnings of radiology. It will be a story of bones become visible. A story of travelling, lighting and searching shadows.
" A fascinating piece of work."
Carolin Kopplin, UK Theatre Network
a very elegant piece, and also a very scholarly one – not just because
its discussion of xrays is scrupulously backed up with references and
statistics, but also because of the way it manages a delicate emotional
collage with well-judged quotations and timely repetitions."
Sally Barnden, Euston Street Diaries
- The One Festival at the Space Theatre, London (January 2017)
- The first High Fidelity performance event, Chisenhale Dance Studios, London (April 2016)
- Acts Re-Acts 3 Performance Lab, Wimbledon College of Arts, London (February 2016)