A brand new show fresh from R&D in the summer of 2021…

D.O.C.

A talking Ambulance + a haphazard Doctor – testing patients.

“The future of medicine has arrived at your destination…”

A family friendly, fun packed, interactive travelling medicine show.

D.O.C. stands for Doctor On Call. BESSIE stands for Bio Emergency Support Systems Intelligence Engine ~ an ex NHS Ambulance, upgraded with the latest in Artificial Intelligence. D.O.C. is about the ever growing, sometimes worrying, and often maddening role of digital technology in all of our lives.

BESSIE has all the latest snazzy medical equipment including a state of the art brain scanner, X ray machine, and chemistry lab, flashing lights, a day bright LED screen, and a ‘3rd Eye’ camera for facial recognition & scanning patients. 

But what happens when BESSIE insists the Doctor needs to be health checked in every which way to see if he is well enough to keep working? And what if they get their wires crossed?!

This show is not about Covid but about medicine, medical professionals and our relationship to them. New street theatre show D.O.C. examines the role of A.I. and specifically machine learning in our modern world, through the explosive metaphor of frontline emergency medicine, exploring questions such as:

  • What is medical data and who’s data is it anyway?
  • Who is in charge when we use computers? Is it us, is it the algorithm, or is it the computer?
  • What is machine learning?
  • Do we expect computers and algorithms to think and feel like us? And should we?
  • Can they ever really learn what it is like to be human?

ALSO NEW in 2022

D.O.C. Online – an interactive Doctor’s appointment on Zoom, live from inside BESSIE the Umbalance. An online accessible show with live BSL support, specifically for people unable to attend live events including shielding or vulnerable audiences.
*Premiering July 2022*

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A 35 minute comedy for outdoor arts festivals and venues.
Here is a 20 second teaser on Instagram.
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Photos by Tamsin Middleton