A hospital operating theatre suite
|MR JO KNOWLES:||a surgical trainee, age 30|
|MISS ANDREA ERICSSON:||a consultant surgeon, age 45|
|DR ‘VEE’ GOTSKI:||an associate specialist anaesthetist, age 55|
|SISTER JEAN LAVE:||a theatre nurse, age 40|
|MRS CHRISTINE ANDERSON:||a teacher, age 40|
True Cut blends verbatim text with fictional reconstructions based on the playwright’s 30 years of clinical practice.
The main sources for the verbatim scenes are interviews with hospital staff carried out by the author.
Additional material is used by permission from:
Susan Scott and others (University of Missouri’s forYOU Team)
The natural history of recovery for the healthcare provider “second victim” after adverse patient events.
Qual Saf Health Care. 2009;18:325-330.
Shelly Luu and others
Waking up the next morning: surgeons’ emotional reactions to adverse events.
Med Educ. 2012;46:1179-1188.
Verbatim scenes are indicated by font and colour. Here the characters attempt to tell the story as they see it: expressing their personal memories and reflections as if in a private conversation with a member of the audience.
Direct quotes that form part of the more naturalistic scenes are marked: “”
The script reproduced here is taken from the radio play version of True Cut
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