A JOURNEY ROUND MY SKULL
I worked as sound designer for A Journey Round My Skull by Olivia Winteringham, KILN (formerly Kindle Theatre). The project was inspired by the extraordinary medical memoir written by Hungarian satirist Frigyes Karinthy. The memoir presents the author’s account of his diagnosis with a brain tumour and its subsequent removal during awake brain surgery.
In collaboration with writer Nick Walker, Olivia adapted this memoir into a one woman show in which the tumour and its surgical removal become a metaphor for the lengths one might go to to eradicate painful or embarrassing memories. Frigyes experienced aural hallucinations as a symptom of his condition and we developed this as a central idea in the work. We also used sound as the medium through which to recreate the experience of brain surgery. This involved research and sound recording inside hospital operating theatres and the use of binaural sound, delivered via headphones, to create an intimate and personal experience for each audience member.
The show was a Bristol Old Vic Ferment commission and opened at Bristol Old Vic Studio 12th February 2014 before touring venues in Cambridge, Manchester, Birmingham, Norwich, Wolverhampton and London through Spring 2014. Journey Round My Skull played at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe through August 2014.