Review of Operation Ouch! live on stage

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Reviewed by: Mojomums Amanda

What they say: Based on the hit CBBC television series, Operation Ouch! is live on stage for the first time in the UK, at the Apollo Theatre in London’s West End, until 6 January 2019.  Packed with incredible stunts, crazy experiments and amazing facts, Dr Chris and Dr Xand will explore the fascinating world of biology and show the audience the awesome things the body can do. The doctors will also share their favourite bits from the television show.

Dr Chris and Dr Xand van Tulleken are identical twins who grew up in London and trained in medicine at Oxford University, graduating in 2002. They both still work in medicine: Dr Chris is based at University College London Hospital and Dr Xand is the Helen Hamlyn Senior Fellow at Fordham University’s Institute of International Humanitarian Affairs.  This work is done concurrently with their media work, appearing together on shows such as The Human Body: Secrets of Your Life Revealed, Frontline Doctors: Winter Migrant Crisis, Horizon, Is Binge Drinking Really That Bad?, Blow Your Mind, Horizon, Sugar V Fat, Which Doctor?, The Secret Life of Twins, Medicine Men Go Wild, as well as their hugely popular children’s series, Operation Ouch!, which has won two BAFTAs and the seventh series of which will be shown on CBBC early 2019.

What we say: “I went to see Operation Ouch with my two sons, 8 & 11 who are big fans of the TV show and the stage show didn’t not disappoint.

The show lasts about 70 minutes without a break and is as entertaining for adults as it is for children. The show consists of a mix of experiments, facts and comedy with live experiments keeping us both enthralled and disgusted in equal measures.

We all enjoyed a live demonstration of looking inside Dr Xand’s ear, blowing up a lung and an interactive demonstration of how virus’ spread.

Both the doctors were engaging, funny and entertaining plus we learnt a lot. The Doctors also delve into their own histories and school reports working on the notion that you can be anything you want if you set your mind to it.

Age wise I would say this would be suitable for children aged 8 and upwards. This show is only on for a short period of time so I’d recommend booking your tickets quickly for a show with a difference that is both entertaining and educational.”


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