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Drama of Dissection

Fri 13th Oct

“Spending so much time with a patient who's dead gives you more appreciation for the living.” A medical student’s first dissection can be an emotional experience: ethical and existential anxiety mix with awe, wonder, morbid fascination and shock.

“Spending so much time with a patient who’s dead gives you more appreciation for the living.”
A medical student’s first dissection can be an emotional experience: ethical and existential anxiety mix with awe, wonder, morbid fascination and shock. This performance-talk will plunge you into the closed world of the anatomy lab, providing a rare insight into dissection as a rite of passage to becoming a doctor. Together we will debate how learning from the dead might impact the way our future doctors treat the living.

Dr Alex Mermikides (D’Oyly Carte Senior Lecturer in Arts and Health) is a theatre expert based in the medical school at King’s College London. The event includes performances, based on interviews with medical students, created by puppetry, magic, sound and theatre artists. More info: https://alexmermikides.com/drama-of-dissection

The Drama of Dissection project is supported by King’s College London Faculty Innovation Funding and is part of King’s Artists, the King’s Culture programme supporting artists-in-residence across faculties in the university.
image: dissection of the human body, Wellcome Images // production shot by Ffion Pritchard

  • Date:
    Fri 13th Oct 2023
  • Time:
    7.30pm
  • Running Time:
    60min
  • Location:
    Studio 1
  • Prices:

    £7 Full Price // £5 LIVE PASS members

  • Doors open 15 mins prior to performance start time.

    Age Guidance: 15+

    Content Warning: This talk includes verbal descriptions of dissection and photographic images of preserved human body parts. More details can be found here > Drama of Dissection – Content Warnings