THEATRE OF DEBATE

DIGITAL DRAMA

Breathing Country

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First stage production of Breathing Country, Autumn 2009. Photographs by Robert Workman.
This audio adaptation of 'Breathing Country' by Ben Musgrave explores the issues raised by the use of electronic patient records in medical research.

After six months hiding from the world, Lizzie,is ready for 'Life' again. Six months ago, following the death of her mother, she pulled all information off her Facebook profile, and ceased all communication. But this morning is different……

Technophile Simon shares everything on the internet. Lizzie’s sudden withdrawal from cyberspace left him bereft, and he has been gazing at Lizzie’s profile, waiting for a change. But today something is different – she has sent him a message: Lizzie is ready….

Lizzie’s father, Richard is Communications Director at the Department of Health, and is trying to launch the NHS Electronic Patient Record – the biggest computer engineering project in the world. But a journalist has obtained leaked information suggesting the database is not ready to handle sensitive patient information……

'Breathing Country' throws open the questions of privacy, security and the greater good.

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