Neuropsychologist Paul Broks’ exploration of how brain injury affects selfhood, Into The Silent Land, has been made into a play that is currently showing in the Soho Theatre in London’s West End.
The production is entitled On Ego and asks the question:
“What are we? Skin, bone and a hundred billion brain cells? Or is there something more? How does the conscious “you” clamber from the numb darkness of the brain box out into a world of people and places, pleasure and pain, love and loss?”
Interestingly, this isn’t the first time that a book of case studies of brain injured patients has been turned into a theatre production, as Oliver Sack’s The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat was turned into an opera.
On Ego finishes on the 7th January.
Link to information on play.
“>Link to Observer article about On Ego
Link to American Scientist interview with Broks.