Under The Mask

Shaan Sahota

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How do I live with myself if someone gets hurt because of my mistake?

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How do you live with yourself if you walk away?

In March 2020, hundreds of final year medical students finished their studies early, and started work on the frontline of the Coronavirus pandemic. This is the story of one of them, a newly qualified doctor, Jaskaran.

On her first day at work, Jaskaran is deployed to her hospital’s Covid Intensive Care Unit. Nothing prepares her for what she finds.

Rows of intubated patients, the rhythmic hiss of ventilators, the screech of alarms indicating abnormal vital signs, the constant rolling of paralysed bodies to prevent bed sores, the pain and blisters of wearing full PPE for 12 hour shifts, and the crying relatives saying goodbye via Skype….

This burden was carried alone by a generation of young doctors and nurses, who couldn’t even get a hug from their parents, in case they passed the virus on.

New writer Shaan Sahota is a junior doctor who lived this experience. She is also a member of the 2020 Tamasha Playwrights group.

is Shaan's extraordinary debut, recorded on location in real Covid wards using fully immersive, 360-degree binaural sound. Whilst listening through headphones onstage, it makes you feel you’re right there in the moment. A doctor’s perspective on the Coronavirus pandemic in British hospitals, it puts you into Jaskaran’s shoes, uncovering a remarkable story of fortitude, hope and strength.

Tamasha Theatre Company | Oxford Playhouse | Supported by Sennheiser

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