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Under The Mask

Under The Mask

May 2021
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How do I live with myself if someone gets hurt because of my mistake?

How do you live with yourself if you walk away?

In March 2020, hundreds of final year medical students finished their studies early, and started work on the frontline of the Coronavirus pandemic. This is the story of one of them, a newly qualified doctor, Jaskaran.

On her first day at work, Jaskaran is deployed to her hospital’s Covid Intensive Care Unit. Nothing prepares her for what she finds. Rows of unconscious intubated patients, the rhythmic hiss of ventilators, the screech of alarms indicating abnormal vital signs, the constant rolling of paralysed bodies to prevent bed sores, the pain and blisters of wearing full PPE for 12 hour shifts, and the crying relatives saying goodbye via Skype….

This burden was carried alone by a generation of young doctors and nurses, who couldn’t even get a hug from their parents, in case they passed the virus on.

New writer Shaan Sahota is a junior doctor who lived this experience. She is also a member of the 2020 Tamasha Playwrights group. Under The Mask is Shaan's extraordinary debut, recorded on location in real Covid wards.

This installation brings you, the audience, onto the OP stage. Seated in your own chair, lit by your own lighting state, listening through headphones to this fully immersive, 360-degree binaural experience you will be at the heart of this remarkable story of fortitude and hope.

Followed by a 45 minutue Q&A session after every performance.

Please Note:
We are so excited to be welcoming our audiences back to Oxford Playhouse.  We want to reassure you that we have implemented all the necessary measures to ensure we are a COVID-19 secure venue and operate within the government guidelines.

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Duration: 1 hour 35mins with no interval

  • Mon 12 Jul 7:00 PM £15.00
  • Mon 12 Jul 9:00 PM £15.00
  • Tue 13 Jul 2:00 PM £15.00
  • Tue 13 Jul 7:00 PM £15.00
  • Tue 13 Jul 9:00 PM £15.00
  • Wed 14 Jul 2:00 PM £15.00
  • Wed 14 Jul 7:00 PM £15.00
  • Wed 14 Jul 9:00 PM £15.00
  • Thu 15 Jul 2:00 PM £15.00
  • Thu 15 Jul 7:00 PM £15.00
  • Thu 15 Jul 9:00 PM £15.00

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Book Tickets

  • Mon 12 July 7:00 PM
  • Mon 12 July 9:00 PM
  • Tue 13 July 2:00 PM
  • Tue 13 July 7:00 PM
  • Tue 13 July 9:00 PM
  • Wed 14 July 2:00 PM
  • Wed 14 July 7:00 PM

A Tamasha and Oxford Playhouse Co-Production. Supported by Sennheiser, premiering July 2021 at socially distanced gathered listening events, and online. 

Written by Shaan Sahota
Directed by Sita Thomas
Dramaturgy by Fin Kennedy 

Age guideline: 14+

Portrait by paper collage artist Rosalind Freeborn 

If you require a wheelchair space for this event, please email or call 01865 305 305.

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