In light of current government advice which stipulates that people shouldn’t be attending theatres or other public gatherings, we regret to inform our audiences that the remaining tour dates for ’Augmented’ are no longer continuing. We have loved touring this wonderful show but our priority is to ensure the safety of our touring company and our audiences. If you have booked tickets for the show, please contact the relevant theatre box office who can help you further.

Produced in association with Told by an Idiot 

A new play written and performed by Sophie Woolley

Directed by Rachel Bagshaw


Just flick a switch and everything will be okay.

This brand new play by writer and performer Sophie Woolley is a personal story about the joy, and conflict, of becoming ‘hearing’ again after 22 years of progressive deafness.

From going deaf in her 20s, Sophie, aged 39, was activated as a real-life ‘cyborg’; welcomed back into the hearing world and even able to stream music directly to her brain.

This funny and energetic one person show brings to life Sophie’s real experiences and explores the impact of her ‘activation’ on her sense of self and on the very closest of her relationships. As we begin to understand her journey more, Sophie invites us to consider the transformative power of technology; is her experience a blueprint for the future of humanity?

Running time: 1 hr 15 (approx)

14 years +

All performances are captioned, audio described and relaxed.



‘A totally unique absolutely amazing performer' Irvine Welsh on Augmented



Writer and Performer Sophie Woolley
Director Rachel Bagshaw 
Assistant Director Esther Dix
Designers Laura Hopkins and Khadija Raza
Lighting and Projection Design Joshua Pharo 
Composer and Sound Designer Adrienne Quartly
Movement Direction Rachel Drazek
Production Manager and Stage Manager Simon Perkins
Dramaturg Sarah Dickenson
Audio Description Michael Achtman
SSE Monitor Jean St Clair 


Tour Dates

5-7th March 2020

Royal Exchange Theatre (Studio), Manchester

performance on 6th March is followed by a Q&A

Q&A is BSL interpreted by Siobhan Rocks plus live speech to text subtitles


9-11th March 2020

Birmingham Repertory Theatre (The Door)

performance on 11th March is followed by a Q&A

Q&A is BSL interpreted by Mary Connell plus live speech to text subtitles


12-14th March 2020
Salisbury Playhouse (Studio)  


17-21st March 2020

Theatre Royal Plymouth (The Drum)

performance on 18th March is followed by a Q&A

Q&A is BSL interpreted by Daryl McMullan plus live speech to text subtitles


25th March 2020
Cambridge Junction (J2) 



Supported using public funding by the National Lottery through Arts Council England. The original R&D was funded in its development by Unlimited, celebrating the work of disabled artists, with funding from Arts Council England. Originally developed with Ovalhouse. Supported by the New Wolsey Theatre. Augmented is sponsored by Advanced Bionics.