• Written and performed by Sophie Woolley. Directed by Rachel Bagshaw
  • 5 March 2020 - 7 March 2020
  • The Studio

'Just flick a switch and everything will be okay'

A new play written and performed by Sophie Woolley.

From going deaf in her 20s, to being activated/switched on as a real-life ‘cyborg’, Sophie Woolley’s brand new play is a personal story of the joy and conflict of becoming ‘hearing’ again after years of total deafness.

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?

AUGMENTED is directed by Rachel Bagshaw (Associate Director at London’s Unicorn Theatre). It features creative captions by award-winning Josh Pharo, and design by award-winning set and costume designer Laura Hopkins, with an amazing soundtrack by Adrienne Quartly.

‘A totally unique writer.. an absolutely amazing performer’ Irvine Welsh on Sophie Woolley’s AUGMENTED

Audience Comments:

‘Powerfully performed. Wonderful!’  

‘Funny, humbling, enlightening’

‘Truly brilliant’  

Age Guidance 14+

All performances are Creatively Captioned, Audio Described and Relaxed.

There will be a post-show Q&A on Friday 6 March with BSL Interpretation by Siobhan Rocks

Supported using public funding by Arts Council England. Supported in its development by Unlimited with funding from Arts Council England. Originally developed with Ovalhouse. Supported by the New Wolsey Theatre.

  • Event Information
  • VENUE: The Studio

    PERFORMANCE DATE & TIME: Thursday 5, Friday 6 & Saturday 7 March 2020 at 7.30pm

    AGE GUIDANCE: 14+ 

    TICKET INFORMATION: Adults £13 / £11 Concessions / £7 Under 26s & Students available on weeknight performances

    RUNNING TIME: 90 minutes, no interval

    BOOK TICKETS: Book online or call Box Office 0161 833 9833.


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  • Related Events
  • POST SHOW Q&A: Friday 6 March (BSL Interpretation: Siobhan Rocks, hosted by Director Rachel Bagshaw)

  • Accessible Performances
  • All performances are Creativley Captioned, Audio Described and Relaxed.

    For a BSL trailer follow this link:


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