The Guinea Pig Club
BY craig adams & Andrew DOyle
Dramaturgy by Roger Haines
Currently in development with Perfect Pitch
The Guinea Pig Club tells the extraordinary true story of Archibald McIndoe, one of only three plastic surgeons in Britain during the Second World War. Operating out of a specialist hospital in East Grinstead – which became known as ’The Town That Didn’t Stare’ – McIndoe treated hundreds of airman who were severely disfigured when the fuel tanks of their planes exploded, burning their faces and hands.
McIndoe treated the young men in body and mind, using experimental surgery to rebuild their bodies while supporting them emotionally and psychologically through the recovery period. He would often sit in the ward in the evenings playing the piano, and his patients formed a club – the Guinea Pig Club, named for the untested techniques McIndoe utilised when treating them – which continued to meet until 2007.
The show explores the effects of extensive life-changing surgery on these young men and the local community who grew to love them.
The Guinea Pig Club is a mid-scale musical with a cast of ten and we are currently seeking a venue and/or a producing partner to support a world premiere production of this ambitious, life-affirming new musical.
Demo Cast: Julian Forsyth, Katie Brayben, Gabrielle Brooks, Silas Wyatt-Barke,
Charlotte Wakefield, Max Runham, John Addison, Jonathan Andrew Hume, Luke Street.
Recorded and Produced by Sam Featherstone