In 2015, the National Institute for Health Research‘s Greater Manchester Primary Care Patient Safety Translational Research Centre commissioned an interactive drama production on sharing health data, titled ‘The Nest’. The Nest is a bespoke drama production created by the SBC Theatre Company, originally written and performed as part of the 2015 Manchester Science Festival. On Monday 24 and Tuesday 25 April 2017 from 7.30 pm, The Nest returns to Manchester at the new 53Two theatre.
The Nest focuses on the relationship between Sean and Sara, who are father and daughter. It is set in a world where Sean’s wifi-enabled smart home system takes care of all his needs, but also monitors his behaviour and health. The play follows Sean and Sara’s changing attitudes towards The Nest, covering issues such as sharing information on social media, attitudes towards sharing health data for different purposes and targeted advertising. The aim of the play is to highlight the range of attitudes that we have towards data sharing and looking at how and why they can differ and at times conflict and the consequences this can have.
There will be an interactive after-show discussion about the themes raised in the play, allowing audience members to ask questions, discuss or just hear the views of others in the room. This session will be chaired by Tom Cheesewright, one of the UK’s leading commentators on ‘technology and tomorrow’ and a regular guest on the TV and radio including the BBC and Channel 4.
Tickets are available at a price of £5.50 per person and can be bought online, at 53Two Theatre on the day, or on Facebook. Don’t forget to follow The Nest on Twitter, and get involved in the conversation: @TheNest_2017 #ShareMyData.
The Nest was commissioned by the NIHR Greater Manchester Primary Care Patient Safety and Translational Research Centre which is funded by the NIHR and is a partnership between The University of Manchester and Salford Royal NHS Foundation Trust. This work has been supported by the Public Programmes Team at Central Manchester University Hospital NHS Foundation Trust and the Wellcome Trust Institutional Strategic Support Fund (ISSF).