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THE MOLD THAT CHANGED THE WORLD COMES TO WASHINGTON DC AND ATLANTA THIS FALL

(New York, NY) – Fresh from a sell-out run at the biggest arts festival in the world, Edinburgh Festival Fringe, Charades Theatre Company brings their new musical The Mold that Changed the World to the US. 

Supported by the CDC Foundation and The Rockefeller Foundation, The Mold that Changed the World will be performed in The United States at Atlas Center for Performing Arts, Washington DC on October 18th to 23rd, 2022 and at the Science Gallery at Pullman Yards, Atlanta on November 1st to 6th, 2022.

The Mold that Changed the World chronicles Scottish scientist Sir Alexander Fleming’s famous discovery of penicillin in 1928, arguably one of the greatest advances in medicine ever achieved. The ground-breaking discovery of antibiotics greatly reduced the number of deaths from often fatal infections including meningitis, strep throat, and gonorrhea. But while penicillin saved millions of lives in the decades following its discovery, one of Sir Alexander Fleming’s biggest fears has begun to come to fruition. In recent years, more and more bacteria have become resistant to antibiotics. They are “superbugs” which cause illness that is difficult – or impossible – to treat, and they are now the third largest underlying cause of death in the world (Lancet GRAM Report).

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, every year at least 2 million Americans develop a superbug infection that is resistant to treatment – and at least 23,000 Americans die as a result. There is urgent need for action on an individual and policy level to reduce the overuse of antibiotics, and here science has turned to the arts for help in communicating the message.

The musical recruits a local chorus of scientists and healthcare professionals who perform alongside a professional cast of West End actors and live 5-piece band. This unique set-up allows the audience to hear from the passionate mouths of those who deal every day with the pressures of superbugs in their work and warns of the potentially dystopian future that awaits if antibiotics fail. 

Music, drama, dance and circus wheel acrobatics frame Robin Hiley’s Scottish folk-influenced score and Thomas Henderson’s thought-provoking and mystical book in an evening of true entertainment.

“Informative, educational, funny, silly and delightful, with hilarious scientific fun-poking to a very sold out, appreciative and engaged audience.” – West End Wilma, 2018

Composer Robin Hiley commented: “Since being approached by Dr Meghan Perry, a clinical infectious disease doctor in Scotland, to write the show, I have come to understand how serious the threat of superbugs are to us all and how little we as the general public know about it. I hope the show gives a voice to the healthcare heroes in our chorus who experience the devastating effects of superbugs in their everyday jobs and want to communicate it to their friends and family before it’s too late.”

 

 

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Charades Theatre Company - Founded in 2010, Charades Theatre Company is a Scottish charity which uses the power of theatre to inform and empower communities to acknowledge and take action on important social issues. It is currently touring its sell-out show The Mold that Changed the World across Scotland and the US, engaging audiences in the urgent global issue of AMR with support from the UK Government, CDC Foundation and Rockefeller Foundation. Charades also writes and produces musicals for schools, creating online resources to enable schools with more limited access to music teaching and resources to put on their own shows. www.charadestheatre.co.uk

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