A Journey Round My Skull (4 stars)

This article is from 2014

A Journey Round My Skull

Immersive and emotional story of love and loss

It’s clear from the off that this is not going to be your usual love story. On the way into Summerhall’s Red Lecture Theatre the audience are given headphones, a hint at the auditory intensity to come. A Journey Round My Skull explores the relationship between Julia, a surgeon, and her unnamed patient who discovers he has a brain tumour. Told from Julia’s point of view, the narrative delves into questions around love, relationships and the fine balance between fantasy and reality. The audience is fully immersed in the performance, acting as the subject of Julia’s conversation and being invited to get inside the head of the patient as the she removes the tumour.

This is a beguiling and beautiful story, but bears no sentimentality. The harsh reality of unrequited love, the passionate, destructive power of a brief affair and the grief when it is over is made all too real. Olivia Winteringham gives a nuanced and fiery performance, marking this out as a show that really is worth seeing.

Summerhall, 0845 874 3001, until 25 Aug (not 4, 11), £12 (£10)

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A Journey Round My Skull

  • 4 stars

KILN (formerly Kindle Theatre) A tale of a passionate and painful love affair told by a neurosurgeon. Using wireless headphones and a fantastical sound world, the audience is transported from their seat, to a scrap over profiteroles, into neurosurgery and onto the tracks of a ghost train. This show operates on the ears as…