Produced in association with Told by an Idiot 


Just flick a switch and everything will be okay.

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 brought to life Sophie’s real experiences and explored the impact of her ‘activation’ on her sense of self and on the very closest of her relationships.

As we began to understand her journey more, Sophie invited us to consider the transformative power of technology; is her experience a blueprint for the future of humanity?

All performances were captioned, audio described and relaxed.



★★★★ ‘Augmented is a beautifully conceived piece that acts as a rallying call, championing good accessible theatre. A must see, whatever your background’ QUAYS LIFE

‘A totally unique writer.. an absolutely amazing performer’ IRVINE WELSH

★★★★ 'Humour, honesty and invention' THE STAGE

‘A fascinating and moving production’ NUMBER 9



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 2020

5-7 March       Royal Exchange Theatre (Studio), Manchester

9-11 March     Birmingham Repertory Theatre (The Door)

12-14 March  Salisbury Playhouse (Studio)  

17-21 March  Theatre Royal Plymouth (The Drum)

25 March         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.