HeLa: Written & performed by Adura Onashile


HeLa: Written and performed by Adura Onashile
Thursday 5 June 2014 / 19.30
£12.00/£9 concessions

Tickets for tonight's performance of HELA are off-sale online.
A cash-only box office will operate on door 

Concessions rate applies to over 60s, unwaged, students with valid NUS card.

1951, Henrietta Lacks walks into the coloured section of a hospital in Baltimore with a pain in her abdomen. A cell sample taken without her permission was used as the raw material for some of the most important scientific discoveries of the past 100 years. This solo show by Adura Onashile takes as its inspiration the true life story of Henrietta Lacks and the extraordinary life of the HeLa cell line.

HeLa comes to you following a successful presentation at Edinburgh Festival. Winner of the ‘Flying Artichoke Award'… Total Theatre Award and Amnesty International Freedom of Expression Award Nominee 2013.  

BALTIC has worked with GemArts, a leading diversity arts organisation to bring this production to the North East for the first time. The staging of Hela at BALTIC complements the one-day symposium Cloudscape. View full details on the symposium.

Post-show Discussion
Following the performance the audience is invited to join Christine Borland and Professor Volker Straub in BALTIC Kitchen for a discussion concerning the issues raised in the work: genetic identity, social responsibility and current ethical debates about human tissue research and ownership. Christine Borland is BALTIC Professor. Through her research in laboratories, scientific and medical institutions, Borland has rendered visible people and practices which are usually inaccessible to a general public. Professor Volker Straub, Harold Macmillan Professor of Medicine at Newcastle University, has an international reputation in the study of neuromuscular disease.

Written and performed by Adura Onashile / Direction and dramaturgy by Graham Eatough

Inspired by ‘The immortal life of Henrietta Lacks' by Rebecca Skloot / Produced by Iron-Oxide

Winner of the ‘Scottish Arts Club Best Scottish Show on the Fringe’ Award  / Total Theatre Award Nominee 2013 / Amnesty International Freedom of Expression Award Nominee 2013

Recommended age 16+

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