There is nothing weird, wonderful or terrifying you can imagine in human experience we haven’t seen. I’m a Researcher in Humans.
Jo is not well. Something strange is happening. As a scientist, she can resolve this.
Unless the world is infected. Unless it’s everywhere.
Kitty, Elena and Paul work through the night. An hour can make all the difference.
Part thriller, part puzzle, the science of life and death.
A collaboration between playwright Nicola Baldwin and Dr Elaine Cloutman-Green, Lead Healthcare Scientist at Great Ormond Street Hospital and Clinical Lecturer at UCL, with Healthcare Scientists, artists and actors. Originated over 3 workshops at Great Ormond Street Hospital: July, August. September 2018, NOSOCOMIAL is based on verbatim testimony, collective imagination, and microbiology.
Healthcare Scientists are 5% of the NHS workforce, but responsible for 80% of diagnoses. In 2020, against COVID, their work is more vital then ever, but their role is still under-recognised; their stories truly remarkable.
NOSOCOMIAL was performed at Camden People's Theatre basement 'Underground' festival, 2018. Details here. Subsequent site-specific performances include Skipton House, headquarters of NHS England as a promenade in main atrium; etc Venues, County Hall; Petrie Museum, Pathology Week 2019. In March 2019 we were delighted to be awarded the 'Partnering Patients & Citizens Award' from the Chief Scientific Officer of NHS England at the CSO Awards, in recognition of this unique collaboration.
We are currently developing an updated 'playable' / immersive version of NOSOCOMIAL for Museums, and to tour/ experience online, which draws upon participants' SARS-CoV-2 experiences.
Follow us on twitter: @NosocomialThe
Jimena Larraguivel (JO)
Helen Sheals (KITTY)
Becky Simon (HELENA)
Peter Clements (PAUL)
You can watch our trailer by Louis Milner here.
Read blog by Nicola Baldwin here.
Read blog by Dr Elaine Cloutman-Green here.
Read blog by biomedical scientist participant Chris Connor here.
R&D funded by public engagement grants from SfAM and HIS.
Full collaboration credits
Nicola Baldwin (STORY)
Dr Elaine Cloutman-Green (SCIENCE)
Abi Bown (DESIGN), Louis Milner (SOUND)
Melisa Canales (PROPS) Jon Cloutman-Green, Colin Wallace (WORKSHOP PHOTOS/VIDEO), Rachel McInery (REHEARSAL PHOTOS)
Faiza Asadi (GOSH): Ela Bardan (Healthcare Scientist in Clinical Engineering, NHS England); Bianca di Blasi (PhD student, UCL, Dept of Medical Physics); Eimear Brannigan (Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust); Melisa Canales (HIRG, CEGE at UCL); Lena Ciric (UCL); Chris Connor (Specialist Biomedical Scientist, GOSH); Helen Dunn (GOSH); Miranda France (Royal Literary Fund Writing Fellow at GOSH); John Hartley (GOSH): She’miah Hastick (GOSH); Victoria Heath (Healthcare Science Education Lead, Imperial College Healthcare Trust); Craig Knott (GOSH): Jonathan Lambert (Healthcare Scientist, GOSH); Katharine McMahon (Head of Social Sector, Royal Literary Fund); Aarti Makan (Audiologist, Professional Lead for Healthcare Science, London; Health Education England); Alexandra Milsom (NHS England); Claire Murphy (ICH GOSH); Hal Parkinson; Helen Saraqi (GOSH); Valerie Smith (GOSH); Ruth Thomsen (Scientific Director, NHS England); Lucy Van Dorp (Post-doc Researcher, UCL Genetics Institute); Stacey Harbot; Anna Barnes; Philippa May (all SCIENCE/ STORY).