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Operation Ouch

British identical twins Dr Chris and Dr Xand van Tulleken, are descending on the Top End with their live stage show for kids, Operation Ouch, jam-packed with crazy experiments, amazing facts and all the gross things the little ones love.

Dr Xand dropped us a line from London to tell us all about their Down Under adventure.

Operation Ouch sounds interesting… What’s in store for young Top End fans?
We’ve built this show with a backbone running through about the way your body and brain speak to each other when you experience strong emotions. Kids get upset or excited in a more extreme way, and it can be quite frightening or difficult to deal with.

Throughout the show, we’ve got lots of experiments – we have various cameras to look in different bits of my head. We even have a diarrhoea machine, which is a very fun look at how the human gut works. For anyone worried, no one is going to get wet in the front row!

Ew! How much do the little ones love the gross stuff?
In every show, we ask whether we should make the show more disgusting or less disgusting… In 10 years, I’ve met about five kids who want it less disgusting.

Are there lots of little doctors in the making at your shows?
When we started, we thought it was for kids who were interested in the body and science and human health, but so many families watch it because their kids – or the grown-ups in their lives – are in hospital or going through something. We hear from doctors and nurses in Australia and the UK who say that kids and grown-ups are better at being patients, too, and they’re more relaxed – that was the surprise for us making the show.

What’s your favourite fact about the human body?
There are so many weird things! We were filming an episode of Ouch at an IVF clinic and were talking about how the cells when you’re made stay the same temperature for your entire life – 37degrees. The coldest day I’ve had is minus 40 degrees and the hottest is 40 degrees, and during that time, those cells stay the same temperature – that’s amazing to me!

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