Open Heart Surgery

LIP Theatre Company presents Open Heart Surgery, a new play

Business is bad for conservative relationship counsellor Sandra. With the bills mounting, she is forced to take on the only troubled partnership at her door: Will and Leo, her first same-sex couple.

As the men begin to open up about the story of their relationship, Sandra finds herself confiding in return about her own difficult marriage. In the safety of Sandra’s conservatory, heartfelt sharing leads to a critical decision.

Open Heart Surgery was a brand new play presented by LIP Theatre Company, the University of Dundee’s only student-led drama society. 2017 marked the company’s 21st year of performing new drama at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

"The actors are clearly engaged and talented ... the concept and enthusiasm is there."
★★ The Wee Review

"The commitment of the cast cannot be denied, and the subject of communication and sustainability within gay relationships is an important one."
★★ SG Fringe

"So glad we had the opportunity to see this amazing group perform. Loved everything about their play and these guys could easily have filled a larger venue for a full run during the festival."
- Audience review

VENUE: Sweet Holyrood: 3, Macdonald Holyrood Hotel, Edinburgh
DATES AND TIMES: August 4th - 13th 2017 at 6:15pm (55 mins)
TICKETS: £8 (full price) / £6 (concession)

Open Heart Surgery was presented during the 2017 Edinburgh Festival Fringe, along with Size Matters.

Rehearsal photo gallery

Rachel Main as Sandra
Shaun Falconer as Leo
Conor Ritchie as Will
Laura Thomson as Megan
Ewan Gray as Jeff

Creative team
Written & directed by Rob Currie
Produced by Vachel Novesha
Original music by Shaun Falconer
Lyrics by Ewan Gray
Set built by Jaime Grant & Jen Currie
Photography by Gavin Gilfillan
Promotional videos by Rachael Simpson

With thanks to
The LIP Theatre Company committee, the staff at Sweet Venues, Festival Flats, University of Dundee Dalhousie Building staff, and for their generous raffle prize donations: Dundee Rep Theatre, The Cheesery, Kirsty Gunn, Rock'n'Roll Tattoo Studio, Freya Scott, Coren Childs, and Charlotte McIntosh. LIP Theatre Company are grateful to Dundee University Students' Association for their support, without which this production would not be possible.

Introduction to Open Heart Surgery
In this video by Rachael Simpson, writer and director Rob Currie introduces the story and themes at the core of Open Heart Surgery.

Production trailer for Open Heart Surgery with rehearsal footage. Filmed and edited by Rachael Simpson.