This is a unique after hours event that will take you back in time to witness a mock Victorian surgical demonstration presented within the original architecture of the old operating theatre of St. Thomas’s Hospital dated to 1822. Before the advent of anaesthesia, an operation had to be swift. Without hand-washing or antiseptics, the chance of later infection was high.
A Scotland Yard inspector investigates a series of mysterious deaths in the operating theatre of a Second World war emergency hospital, revealing a number of underlying motives and previously unknown connections. The idiosyncratic Alastair Sim features as the scrutineer who takes great pleasure in getting under the skin of his suspects. His sardonic, sarcastic character provides a wonderful counterpoint to the darkly atmospheric surroundings of the hospital.
From ‘the Maniac of Bedlam’ to Miss Havisham and Bertha Rochester, the concept of the ‘mad woman’ was a popular Victorian trope. ‘Madwomen’, both real and imaginary, became popular bogeywomen at a time when the medical establishment ruled that women were prone to madness simply by being female.