A HOSPITAL has been working in harmony with Scottish Ensemble to help bring their new show about heart transplantation to life.

The theatrical show, We Are In Time, raises awareness of the process of transplantation at Scotland’s heart and lung centre as it follows the journey of a transplanted heart through the stories of the donor and recipient.

Golden Jubilee staff from the Scottish National Advanced Heart Failure Service – from transplant surgeons, theatre and ward staff, members of the organ retrieval and after-care teams and patients – collaborated with the arts group to give a unique insight into the different stages of the complicated and emotional journey of heart transplantation.

Lynne Ayton, director of heart, lung and diagnostic services said staff are looking forward to seeing how transplantation will be interpreted in the show.

She added: “Although very different in nature, gravity and outcome, there are similarities in how orchestras and our talented, multi-disciplined teams work together to produce a quality end product.

“Our entire team is really looking forward to seeing how Scottish Ensemble will bring all these components of transplantation together into this theatrical and musical production.”

Writer of the production, Pamela Carter, spent time researching the piece at the Golden Jubilee, observing open-heart surgery in theatres and speaking to patients awaiting a new heart in the ward.

She said: “Seeing the Golden Jubilee staff in action and having talks with heart failure patients helped me reflect on human fragility and remarkable human resilience, which inspired my work for the project.

“I was struck by the parallels between the medical staff and musicians of this project – their individual brilliance and teamwork, their mastery of technologies and their exquisite timing.”

The We Are In Time show will run February 28 and 29 from 7.30pm at Tramway on Albert Drive. The performance on February 29 will be followed by a post-show talk.

Tickets are on sale at scottishensemble.co.uk.