Every Breath

By Judith Johnson
Developed in partnership with the Association of Medical Research Charities
Supported by the Wellcome Trust, the Association of Medical Research Charities, Department of Trade and Industry and the Medical Research Council


Sonny is a vegetarian who has always been concerned about the environment and animal rights. He’s just got a Saturday job on the Pussy Cat Van, a cat rescue operation, and believes strongly that it is wrong to experiment on animals. His sister Anita is a carnivorous scientist completely convinced that using animals in medical research is justified. Their mum Lina’s chances of having a love life initially depend on getting them to be civil to each other at, of all places, the dinner table. The guest of honour will be her prospective new boyfriend Raz, a painter and decorator whose newfound Buddhist spirituality gives him an interesting take on the whole debate. As the gripping family drama unfolds, Sonny’s future plans, and his principles, are put to the test, when his health takes a turn for the worse…

Advisory Board

Dr. Jarrod Bailey, Science Director, Europeans for Medical Progress;
Alistair Currie, formerly Campaigns Director, British Union for the Abolition of Vivisection;
Vicky Cowell, Director, Seriously Ill for Medical Research;
Dr. Penny Hawkins Deputy Head, Research Animals Department, RSPCA;
Betty McBride, Marketing and Communications Director, British Heart Foundation;
Professor John Martin, Director Centre for Cardiovascular Biology and Medicine, UCL;
Dr. Sophie Petit-Zeman, Director of Public Dialogue, Association of Medical Research Charities;
Dr. Janet Radcliffe Richards, Lecturer in the Philosophy of Medicine, UCL;
Harald Schmidt, Assistant Director, Nuffield Council on Bioethics.


Feb 2006 – April 2006
Nigel Towsend - Director
Ben Dickens - Designer
Thom Hammond - Company Manager
Katie Donnison - Anita
Kate Reynolds - Lina
Darren Saul - Raz
Ben Simpson - Sonny
July 2006 – Sept 2006
Nigel Towsend - Director
Ben Dickens - Designer
Michelle Jamieson - Company Manager
Lindsay Bourne - Lina
Nadia Kamil - Anita
Ben Langley - Raz
Ben Simpson - Sonny
Jan 2007 – Feb 2007

Rebecca Gould - Director
Ben Dickens - Designer
James Mitchell - Company Manager
Noeleen Comiskey - Anita
James Daley - Sonny
Andrew Irvine - Raz
Andrea Sadler - Lina
Aug 2007 – Oct 2007

Nigel Towsend - Director
Ben Dickens - Designer
Jonathan Ellicott - Company Manager
Robbie Bonar - Raz
Verity May Henry - Anita
Kaye Quinley - Lina
Sean Verey - Sonny


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