Anyone stepping into the offices of ITAE group this week could have believed they were stepping into the 19th century London world of the ousted barber ‘Sweeney Todd’.
Fresh from being seen on BBC’s Dragons’ Den over the summer and after 6 months of planning, preparation and modelling, the ITAE Group unveiled their new Semi-Synthetic Cadaver that will help take students, healthcare professionals and the general public on an experience into healthcare and human anatomy like never before.
He is a big guy, weighing in at 18 stone and thanks to James Dance, Founder of Something For The Weekend (SFTW), he’s just had a new haircut!
VIVIT is the brain child of Chief Executive of the ITAE Group and acclaimed human anatomist Samuel Piri.
He is responsible for creating this chilling life-like cadaver to provide a LIVE human body dissection like never before!
Samuel said, “This has been a long time in the making and I am thrilled to finally be able to unveil VIVIT to his new audiences. But before I did, there was something missing and that was a stylish new haircut from SFTW.
“James and his team came down and started working on VIVIT’s new hair style and I am pleased to say he now looks the part to add suspense and drama to the concepts we deliver and, as we head to Nottingham, Northumbria and Manchester this weekend, he is ready for his first outings”.
The ITAE Group provides the world’s only travelling live post mortem experience, and whilst more accustomed to cutting the hair of local footballers, James Dance, founder of SFTW was tasked with putting VIVIT in the barber’s chair. SFTW are no strangers to the drama of ‘Sweeney Todd’ as they were once used for some promo photos for a local production of ‘Sweeney Todd’.
When asked about today’s experience, James said that “cutting and styling the hair on a synthetic cadaver was unusual and unnerving, but it was a delight to give a trim to the newest member of the ITAE Group and something we hope to do again in the near future (depending on how quick the hair grows back!?)”.
Will VIVIT end up through the trap door, be used by a Mrs. Nellie Lovett character and be turned into “the best pies in Tamworth”?
People will have to come to one of the ITAE Group’s dinner and dissection experiences, ‘Anatomy Lab Live’ to found out!
However, Tanya Gallagher, Head of Direct Bookings for the ITAE Group warns you to be quick because most of the experiences are sold-out. So buy your tickets now, it’s going to be riot!”
The ITAE Group was formed in September 2015 when Samuel Piri wanted to support schools with the teaching and learning of human anatomy and push more students towards careers in STEM.
The ITAE Group began with Operating Theatre Live – our flagship event programme. In 2016 Samuel commissioned VIVIT, he envisioned a 3D human cadaver that was made of real organs.
In early 2017 he commissioned a special effects producer to help product design VIVIT. VIVIT launched and forms the centre- piece of an interactive live post-mortem experience.
The programme secures knowledge required as part of level 3, 4, 5 and 6 courses. The show was catapulted to success as part of the ITAE Groups’ traveling anatomy show ‘Anatomy Lab LIVE’.
About the ITAE Group: Trailblazers in educational events and professional training. We believe in creating memorable moments, exciting and captivating, delivering the unimaginable, mind blowing and awe-inspiring.
About Something For The Weekend: Set up by James Dance in November 2014, Something for the weekend SFTW is a Barbershop in Tamworth situated in a 400 year old Tudor house, one of the oldest buildings left in the town. SFTW clients have included ex Aston Villa Joe Cole, Tom Cleverly, Ciaran Clark, Barry Bannan. Birmingham City manager Garry Monk and ex West Brom and Wolves players Nacer Chadli and Stephen Fletcher,