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Epilepsy production at the Edinburgh Fringe

20 August, 2002

A performing arts lecturer is taking her production based on her own experience of having epilepsy to the Edinburgh Fringe Festival this week.

Sally Boon, from the City College in Coventry, has had epilepsy since she was twelve and has partial seizures. This means her consciousness is affected when she has a seizure, resulting in her perception of what is going on around her being disturbed which can also lead to hallucinations. This semiconscious state forms the basis of the production and is the setting for the two main characters. Sally is hoping that the production of 'Ee…mm!' will help to raise awareness about epilepsy and dispel some of the many myths that surround the condition.

Sally comments:

"Having had epilepsy most of my life I am well aware of the misunderstanding, stigma and taboo's surrounding epilepsy. It's fantastic I can use this production as a way of dispelling those myths and raise awareness of epilepsy even further."

'EE…mm!' is one of four productions being taken to Edinburgh by City College and Sally is managing the tour, which involves 30 students and 6 members of staff.