A piece of very black comedy, based on the gruesome true story of 3 rival dentists, and their search for an effective anaesthetic. Welcome to The Etherdome... In 1850s America, at the start of the so-called Scientific Age, major surgery is still carried out with only a stiff whisky to calm the nerves and tooth extractions with a bit of alcohol or a stick to bite on. A blood-spattered operating theatre was the stark reality. But all that was about to change. In a fairground tent, alongside tea-leaf fortune-tellers, an amazing discovery is made by accident. But who actually made it? Join Penny Dreadful as they travel from Carny Show to laughing-gas party, to nightmare operating theatre. Using high energy physical comedy, scary apparatus - and a bluegrass chorus - they follow the dentists on a journey that ends in addiction, lunacy, and death. But they leave behind a discovery that changes medicine forever.Performers Dennis Herdman, Denise Kelly, Philippe Spall.
Author Bernadette Russell. Producer Penny Dreadful. Producer Richard Jordan Productions Ltd (in association with Assembly). Director Mick Barnfather. Design Phil Eddolls. Lighting Christoph Wagner.