Fanny Burney

  • Workshop
Photograph of a discussion taking place in the Readng Room at Wellcome Collection, showing people sitting on the carpeted staircase and chairs.
Discussion event in the Reading Room, Benjamin Gilbert. Source: Wellcome Collection. Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International (CC BY-NC 4.0).

What you'll do

Take part in a workshop in which actors will read scenes from a film script about the life of novelist and diarist Fanny Burney (1752 – 1840). The scenes relate to Fanny's experience of having a mastectomy without anaesthetic in 1811. They illustrate her struggle to take control of the situation and the role of her male surgeon.

During the workshop process the actors will analyse the scenes they have read. At the end, there will be an opportunity for you to ask them questions.

The performance will take place on the stairs in the Reading Room and you will be able to sit down and watch as much or as little as you'd like.

In addition excerpts from Fanny's writing and other relevant material will be available around the Reading Room for you to read at your leisure.

About your creator

Photograph of Miriam Heard

Miriam Heard

Miriam Heard is a director, writer and actress. She also translates between French, German, English and Spaish.