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You can now go and watch a live post-mortem - and have dinner on the side

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Anatomy Lab LIVE are bringing ‘dinner and a show’ to a whole other level. At various venues across the UK, you can now watch a live ‘human’ dissection, and have a cheeky bite to eat before the performance.

The world’s only live post-mortem experience allows visitors to get up close and personal with a synthetic human corpse in order to ‘support students and further education providers in […] the teaching of anatomy and physiology’. You’ll sit down for a classy two-course meal before the theatre is turned into a dissection laboratory - just be sure not to lose your dinner during the show.

Samuel Piri, acclaimed human anatomist, leads the show, which uses a semi-synthetic body filled with pig organs to demonstrate all those nice human bodily functions. You also get the opportunity to handle a couple of these organs yourself, and even have a hand in the dissection process at stations around the theatre. Although this might be taking interactive theatre to the extreme, Piri suggests there’s ‘no better way to learn’ than to get your hands dirty. Literally, in this case. You’ll be presented with a certificate on completion of the event.

Dubbed 'outstanding' by the BBC, the event first launched in 2016, and proved such a hit that it’s now touring the country. Piri didn’t want to stop at an educational show, but rather produce a fully fleshed out (ahem) experience. This is why introducing a dining segment to the night was important - Piri ‘wanted to blend social with learning’, likening the show to a cabaret event, where ‘those with similar interests [could] gather, learn and socialise’. Piri also boasts that Anatomy Lab LIVE provides a unique networking opportunity - you’ll meet people ‘you may never otherwise come across’ during the dissection theatre.

Several ‘teething problems’ from the 2016 show have been smoothed out for this year’s run, and the show definitely promises to be a once in a lifetime experience. This ‘incredible journey through the human body’ goes away from all those classroom biology lessons and provides a true social element to anatomy.

A number of shows have already sold out - so if you fancy getting your hands on tickets, it’s best to book soon. Standard tickets come in at £79, or £70 with a valid NUS card.

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