Today, Alex is with medical/pathology students at Imperial College – they are taking courses in medical humanities and death, autopsy and the law.  Astonished by the thoughtful and creative artworks that the students are presenting, all based on testimony from the Alder Hay organ retention scandal.  We’re at Charing Cross Hospital – where Milton was diagnosed and treated, 11 years ago – so returning here to talk about bloodlines is somewhat emotional.


transplant three ways

Alex, Milton and Bex feature as part of ‘Cancer Week’ at Guys & St. Thomas’ Hospital.

Using clips of bloodlines, we offer three perspectives on the experience of stem cell transplant: the patient’s (Milton), the donor’s (Alex) and the doctor’s (Bex).  Wonderful students, asking thought-provoking questions.  Big thanks to the Clod Ensemble for putting us up for this.



booking it!

Celebrating the launch of Performance and the Medical Body, which Alex co-edited with the marvellous Gianna Bouchard. A lovely ‘do’ hosted by Anglia Ruskin and followed by a performance of bloodlines at the Mumford Theatre.

The book consolidates many of the strands explored by the Chimera network – and features chapters by scholars and artists associated with Chimera activities.

Cafe Scientique

Alex presenting at Woking’s Cafe Scientique, on bloodlines.  This involves the rather daunting task of standing at the bar in Cellar Magneval and talking to a whole room of punters.  Many beautiful – and a couple of challenging – questions and responses – and a well deserved glass of red!  Big thanks to Chris Bore for inviting me.


two upcoming performances

Bloodlines is a Festival Highlight at this year’s Kingston Connections, Festival of Stories at the Rose Theatre. Book now for the evening performance at 7.3opm on 23rd June or (if relevant) a closed schools/colleges performance at 12.30pm that afternoon. The afternoon show has a special focus on teenage cancer (leukaemia and lymphoma are among the most common cancers in teenagers).

A week later we’re at the Ivy Centre in Guildford as part of an event exploring connections between patients, donors, medical staff and artists in blood cancer and stem cell transplant: Ivy Flyer A3