Operation Ouch! is a British TV show hosted by identical twins Dr Chris and Dr Xand van Tulleken. On TV the show, they bring you fascinating facts about the human body and engage with not only patients and the general public but with other medical staff. They solve problems, attend emergency rooms and do experiments that help to explain how the amazing human body works. The show is jam packed and a lot of fun.
The live show is now on at the Sydney Opera House and the two Doctors are at it again. They are full of energy and very enthusiastic. However without the engagement of other people some the show’s personality is lost. The TV show brings you real stories from people who could be your neighbour but the live show, although it does incorporate some volunteers to illustrate a point, relies heavily on the Doctors themselves. And although they are great at what they do, it is their responses and interactions with people that win the TV audiences over.
They rely heavily on material from their TV show and a lot of their content is rehashed from past episodes. It all seems very familiar. At first this works well to establish the connection between what you know and what you are seeing on stage but you quickly want to get on with new and fascinating things and it becomes slightly repetitive.
They have great talent in using everyday things to explain complicated and perplexing ideas and processes. It is the use of the familiar to explain the unknown that is their greatest strength. Having concrete objects make it easier to connect abstract notions to logical conclusions in the brain. They do bring weird and wonderful equipment like cameras to take you on adventures inside the human body and when they brought out the organ of a rather large animal I was completely enthralled.
Operation Ouch! does hint at social issues that children often face such as embarrassment or not getting good grades in the classroom. These are addressed with heart and felt genuine yet were somehow lost as they were almost an afterthought.
Operation Ouch! will teach you a thing or two about farts, lungs, infectious diseases and drop interesting factoids on your frontal lobe and a live show is always fun, but these two seem to shine brightest when they are out and about engaging and responding with members of the community and in front of a camera.
Sydney Opera House and Andrew Kay & Associates present
Operation Ouch! Live on Stage
Venue: Concert Hall | Sydney Opera House NSW
Dates: 9 – 10 January 2017
Tickets: $39 – $59
12 January 2017
PERTH, Riverside Theatre
14 – 15 January 2017
17 – 19 January 2017
20 – 22 January 2017