Every Breath is an engaging production by the Y Touring theatre group which has recently completed a UK tour (but has received funding for a further run in Spring 2007). The play focuses on the lives of Sonny, an asthmatic who has growing concerns about animal welfare and has recently stopped taking his medication on grounds of conscience, and his sister Anita, whose work for her PhD involves research using mice. They are joined in the story by their widowed mother Lina and her new boyfriend Raz, who is considering becoming a Buddhist.
The play is an excellent vehicle for raising the issues surrounding experiments using animals, without offering trite solutions. A live performance includes a debate involving the audience and the cast, who remain in their characters throughout.
Even if you cannot organise a performance, the script by Judith Johnson is available from Oberon books (ISBN 1-84002-668-5). It includes a thorough collection of teachers’ resources on the use of animals in medical research. Apparently the play may also be available in other formats in the future. To find out more details about securing a performance of Every Breath near you contact firstname.lastname@example.org