Dramatic geneticsBMJ 1995; 311 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.311.7016.1376a (Published 18 November 1995) Cite this as: BMJ 1995;311:1376
- Kamilla Porter
When Ryan tells his sister Annie that he does not understand why they do not both have Friedreich's ataxia, she explains what a recessive gene is by tossing two pound coins. The Gift uses accounts of genetic theory to punctuate a human tale of coping with an inherited degenerative disease and its consequences. Nicola Baldwin's play was commissioned by the Wellcome Centre for Medical Science as part of an educational programme on human genetics targeted at 14-16 year olds.
The actors perform with the audience in a semicircle round them. Scenes move swiftly from one time period to another, opening with the adult Ryan confronted by his son, who has just received the results of his genetic profiling that 16 year …