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‘I imagine a lot of people find you when they’re at that point of, “well, if it helps even a little bit, then what’s the harm?”’

A young journalist, Mickey, arrives at the home of a wellness entrepreneur for an interview about her new book, The Goodness Plan. As Mickey digs deeper into Marianne’s ethos around food, and Marianne prepares one of her favourite recipes, the two women come to a stand-off over Marianne’s central rule for healing: ‘nothing artificial, under any circumstances’.

Commissioned by Derby Theatre, SNAKE OIL is a short audio play, with integrated audio description, exploring the radicalising effects of the wellness industry.

MICKEY: Kate Spencer
MARIANNE: Lynne Payne

Writer/Producer: Emily Holyoake
Director/Dramaturg: Louisa Sanfey
Sound Designer: Adam P McCready
Access Consultant: Lucy C Hayward
With voices recorded by Richard McKerron at Dubrek Studios, Derby