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We're bringing 3 free shows to the 2022 Bloomsbury Festival on 23 October

Sun, October 23, 2022   1:30 PM – 2:30 PM

Remember, Remember!  





The amazing true* story of how three Healthcare scientists foil the Gunpowder Plot, with the help of 12-year-old Princess Elizabeth, a malfunctioning MALDI-TOF machine and the weird and wonderful mysteries of Microbiology, Haematology, Biochemistry, Immunology, hand-washing, and… time travel! In London, 2022, scientists Lily, Rosa, and Frank are shocked to see on their machine, a secret message – ‘HELPE’ – from 1605, where Princess Elizabeth has discovered plot to blow up her father the King, and Parliament. Guy Fawkes is in the Tower, and the race is on to find the Gunpowder Gang. Elizabeth, Lily, Rosa, Frank, Sir Jasper and the Tower Guard have one night to solve a dangerous riddle. And they need your help. Free activity books. Fancy dress welcome.    (*not actually true).

By playwright Nicola Baldwin and Dr Elaine Cloutman-Green, Lead Healthcare Scientist at Great Ormond Street Hospital. Supported by HSEWG, GOSH School, The Royal College of Pathologists (RCPath) and the Society for Applied Microbiology (SfAM).

at Dr Williams's Library, 14 Gordon Square, London, WC1H 0AR    

Sun, October 23, 2022   3:30 PM – 4:30 PM

All Opinions In This Blog Are My Own



A stage version of Girlymicro popular blog by Healthcare Scientist Dr Elaine Cloutman-Green performed by actors and NHS Scientists with Girlymicro Afternoon Tea.

‘So, this is my first ever blog post. Bear with me as I don’t really know what I’m doing. I’m what is known as a Clinical Scientist, and I work in Infection Control.’ Thus began the first blog by Dr Elaine Cloutman-Green, Lead Healthcare Scientist at Great Ormond Street Hospital, in December 2015. Five years later her occasional postings – ‘Girlymicro’ (‘scientist changing the world one swab at a time’) – became a weekly ritual.

Each blog written in a snatched hour during the pandemic, Girlymicro became a mental space populated with personal reflection, favourite microbes, special guests, puppet shows, and meditation on illness, family, and loss, but always with Elaine’s trademark humanity, humour, and curiosity about life.

This stage adaptation by Nicola Baldwin transforms Girlymicro into a welcoming Healthcare Science Afternoon Tea. Join Elaine, actors, and Healthcare Scientists to hear about the HCS job, about women in science, exploring the limits of what overstretched teams and individuals can achieve, saving lives through science, insight, community… and cake, at The Girlymicro Performance and Afternoon Tea.

Picture credit:  Julia Lockheart, DreamsID. 

at Dr Williams's Library, 14 Gordon Square, London, WC1H 0AR    

Sun, October 23, 2022   6:00 PM – 7:00 PM 

Mrs X & Me: What Is AMR And What Can We Do About It?   




A theatrical conversation between Healthcare Scientists, researchers, actors and patients on AMR and how we can understand and address antibiotic resistance collectively.  On 3 September 1928, Alexander Fleming returned to his laboratory after a holiday, and said, "That's funny".  Before leaving, Fleming had inoculated staphylococci on culture plates and left them on his bench. On return, one was contaminated with a fungus and the colonies of staphylococci surrounding it had been destroyed – by the antibiotic effect of penicillin.

Fleming’s 1945 Nobel Prize acceptance speech warned that in time, humans would inevitably make antibiotics useless. 93 years after Fleming returned from his holiday, antimicrobial resistance (AMR) is a looming health crisis. Years of reliance on existing antibiotics, intensive farming, hospital and GP prescribing, and public lack of understanding have accelerated the ability of bacteria and microbes – living organisms – to develop resistance to the anti-biotics designed to kill them.

Previously performed at the Rise of the Resistance Festival at Bloomsbury Theatre, and the Wellcome Collection, we are delighted be at Bloomsbury Festival, with our  With contributions from AMR researchers at UCL, GOSH, UCLH, Healthcare Scientists, drama, performance and discussion.

at Dr Williams's Library, 14 Gordon Square, London, WC1H 0AR  

Princess Elizabeth Remember, Remember!  Picture Credit RABBIT HOLE PHOTOGRAPHY_edited_edit
October 23 at 3.30 All Opinions In This Blog Are My Own, Girlymicro Performance & Afternoo
Mrs X & Me - What is AMR and what can we do about it. 23 Oct 6.30. Pic 3 Credit - Nosocomi
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