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.
delighted to feature in the Manchester Science Festival
delighted to announce the next show of bloodlines, on 20th October at the Omnibus in Clapham
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:
Many thanks to the University of Kent and the Beacon Institute for inviting Alex Mermikides and Dr Gianna Bouchard to speak about Biomedical Performance and Science, along with Dr Simon Parry (University of Manchester). Gianna and Alex reflected on contemporary performance that engages with the medical in different ways and welcomed some interesting – and challenging – questions on affect, aesthetics, ethics – and Hollywood film.
We were thrilled to perform bloodlines for 200 heamatology nurses at the BHS’s 30th annual conference. The response from these dedicated and thoughtful people was astounding. We also enjoyed the experience of creating a poster (a format that is fairly unfamiliar to those in arts disciplines) about audience responses to bloodlines.
We perform an extract of ‘bloodlines’ at St George’s Hospital, which is hosting an information day on bone marrow transplant. Staff and patients welcome the opportunity of meeting people who have ‘been there’ and seem to find the duet moving.