Rise Of The Resistance

Rise of the Resistance is a festival of Healthcare Science drama and conversation curated by Nosocomial to raise awareness of Antimicrobial Resistance (AMR).

Antimicrobial Resistance occurs when bacteria, viruses, fungi and parasites change over time and no longer respond to medicines, making infections harder to treat and increasing the risk of disease spread, severe illness and death. 

As a result of drug resistance, antibiotics and other antimicrobial medicines become ineffective and infections become increasingly difficult or impossible to treat.

If you’re a Healthcare Scientist, patient, scientific researcher, or medical professional, you already know this. If you’re a theatre-maker, theatregoer, student, or someone who has stumbled on our website because you are working with us, you may not.


Or you may think that AMR doesn’t affect you because you rarely take antibiotics, so you cannot possibly *be* resistant, right?

We don’t develop antimicrobial resistance, bugs do. AMR is not about you, but it will affect all human and animal life on the planet.

So we need to talk about it. 

Nosocomial is a Healthcare Science theatre collaboration set up by playwright Nicola Baldwin and Dr Cloutman-Green, Lead Clinical Scientist at Great Ormond Street Hospital; a collective of Healthcare Scientists and artists, which began from one conversation.

We created our verbatim play Nosocomial through workshops with 40 NHS Healthcare Scientists and artists. Nosocomial won the 2019 CSO Partnering Patients and Citizens Award from the Chief Scientific Officer, and 2020 Antibiotic Guardian award for Public Engagement, and led to new collaborations and projects among that group.

We’re pleased to partner with the Precision AMR research initiative at UCL Division of Infection and Immunity, and seed-funded teams at GOSH, UCL, UCH and ICH, who want to showcase their research through performance and discussion in Rise of the Resistance.

Following our online events in June, we’re excited to be at Bloomsbury Theatre on 3 & 4 September, and online.

We thank our supporters and partners: Healthcare Infection Society (HIS), Royal College of Pathology (RCPath), Society for Applied Microbiology (SfAM), Royal Literary Fund, Pfizer Ltd UK, UCL IAS, Bloomsbury Theatre and Precision AMR research initiative at UCL Division of Infection and Immunity, and seed-funded research teams at GOSH, UCL, UCH and ICH.

And everyone who took part in our first Rooftop Writers.   

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 (now at GOSH); 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).

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