Associate Company: AUGMENTED 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. Reviews ‘A totally unique writer...an absolutely amazing performer' Irvine Welsh on Augmented Credits Writer and Performer Sophie WoolleyDirector Rachel Bagshaw Assistant Director Esther DixDesigners Laura Hopkins and Khadija RazaLighting and Projection Design Joshua Pharo Composer and Sound Designer Adrienne QuartlyMovement Direction Rachel Drazek Dramaturg Sarah DickensonSSE 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 2020Salisbury 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 2020Cambridge 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.