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The Post Mortem Live

BBC DRAGONS’ DEN HUMAN BODY DISSECTION EVENTS BUSINESS IS RESUSCITATED!

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Having adapted during the pandemic the events business is getting ready to get back on the road touring more organs for dissection for audiences nationwide. New to their offer is THE POST MORTEM LIVE. An immersive post mortem experience that offers audiences the chance to be a pathologist and solve a crime.

Attendees will work with nationally acclaimed human anatomist Samuel Piri and his clinical team to work through a post mortem, they will dissect real organs including a head & brain, the lungs & heart, the stomach & intestines as well as the liver and kidneys. After the dissections ticket holders will work out the cause of death after listening to sessions on pathology from Sam and his team.

Claudia Lewis of the BBC attended one of Samuels events back in 2018 and described the experience as “incredible & compelling”.

The pandemic hit the group severely, with over £2M worth of events cancelled and insolvency a very real threat. Samuel said “thinking back over the last year its been chaotic, back in March before the lockdown Deborah, Peter, my other directors and I held a COBR-A style meeting which ran until the early hours. We moved ahead of the government and cancelled all of our events before the government ordered the closures in the interests of our guests safety. We were looking at a loss in excess of £2M and the very reality of insolvency, a complete collapse. Running an events business takes months of preparation with significant upfront costs which are committed well in advance -the sector has been hit very hard. It’s been made illegal for us to open and trade and like many in the events space we all adapted quickly moving online. While this has provided a vital lifeline of revenue into the business it’s a completely different business model presenting very different challenges and requiring very different skills. Our survival has been down to the swift and positive changes made to the business over the last 12 months.

I would like to thank our loyal audiences that have shown us support and kept hold of their tickets, your candid response to our pleas have meant the company has weathered the harshest of storms and we’re looking forwards to slowly starting live face-to-face events from the summer onwards. As a business were very much smaller than we were back in 2019, were only 10% of the size. We have embraced some of the challenges faced in 2020 and have learned a lot from the digital revolution, much of which we will grow and develop into the future.

In order to survive we have worked with the local council and utilised various grant schemes, the bounce back loan as well as the CJRS to survive. Its been a real mental challenge being the CEO in these times and I sympathise with every business owner and director that’s steering their business through this. Its not easy. Last Christmas I reflected on some of the major heart wrenching moments of the pandemic and its impact on the business including making 32 employees redundant and having to sell our fleet of vans to survive.

I am proud of everything me and my small team have achieved, we’ve pulled together to pull the business through this and there are now signs of green grass shoots starting to emerge. We’ve used the down time to service equipment, devise new concepts and remodel our existing offer. We’ve embraced technology to become a more modern digital business able to operate globally and in a greener more environmentally friendly way.

We are able to offer support to the NHS during the pandemic donating thousands of pounds of PPE to local NHS hospitals and lending the NHS our tour bus to use for key worker rest.”

The Post Mortem Live events are available from September onwards according to the governments guidelines when social distancing measures ends. You can buy tickets to our events online at www.thepostmortemlive.co.uk


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