18 May 2018

Smash ANU Med Revue doctors Canberra through a Blade Runner lens

| Ian Bushnell
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Scalpel Runner is a glimpse of what Canberra could look like in 2049 – You never know. Video and photo: Supplied.

For the Australian National University’s medical students, theatre means more than scalpels and suction, with its popular annual review performing to sell-out audiences and raising thousands for charity.
This year’s 12th ANU Med Revue, which raised a record $18,000 for Companion House, included a hilarious opening video called Scalpel Runner imagining a futuristic Canberra, aptly enough, along the lines of Blade Runner 2049, featuring a journey from Lake George to Woden through Canberra.
Yes, there are high-rise apartment blocks, light rail and a proliferation of Telstra Towers, all seen through that familiar Blade Runner gloom.
Performed to a packed Hawker College theatre on the nights of 10 and 11 May, Freaky MI Day, loosely based on Freaky Friday, was entirely written, produced, directed, choreographed, managed and performed by medical students from all four-year levels at the ANU Medical School.

The cast and crew of Freaky MI Day.

Produced by Michael Impelido and directed by Patrick Feeney and Anna McCaffery, the show has a student and consultant swap bodies, forcing them to resolve their differences from the other side.

The medical students have created their own unique style, following a themed storyline into which songs, dances, sketches and jokes are incorporated.

Last year, the show received three nominations for the Canberra Area Theatre (CAT) Awards, winning the award for Technical Achievement for its videos.
The revue has supported Companion House, which assists refugees and survivors of torture and trauma, for the past three years.
“It has been a challenging year, with our original venue cancelling on us last minute and a change to funding,” Michael said.
“It has been one hell of a roller-coaster ride these past couple of months.”

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