The Contagion Cabaret Film Release

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Friday 19th June: The Contagion Cabaret Film Release, 10.00am.


TORCH is delighted to collaborate on The Contagion Cabaret, led by Professor Sally Shuttleworth (English Faculty) and John Terry (Director, Chipping Norton Theatre). The Contagion Cabaret was awarded funding by the Urgent Response Fund set up in response to COVID-19 to support projects having immediate impact. To read more about all awarded projects, please click here.

Medical experts from Oxford University involved in the Cabaret include John Frater, Professor of Infectious Diseases, who has been running a COVID ward; Sunetra Gupta, Professor of Theoretical Epidemiology, who has run modelling suggesting a much earlier spread of the outbreak; and Dr Nicola Fawcett, MRC Clinical Research Fellow who is involved in the vaccine trials. The Humanities Scholars are Professor Sally Shuttleworth, Professor Kirsten Shepherd-Barr and Dr Emilie Taylor-Pirie, who will offer historical perspectives on the current epidemic.

Watch the film below.




An irreverent historical look at lockdowns, plagues and pandemics. Killer germs, superbugs and pestilential plagues have long fascinated writers and musicians. Join a cast of actors, scientists and literary researchers to take a long view on the crisis of the moment. From Angels in America to Mary Shelley, from obscure Victorian Medical Parlour Songs to Fascinating Aida’s Herpes Tango, The Contagion Cabaret is riddled with infectious extracts from plays, poems, journalism and music, past and present.

A collaboration between Chipping Norton Theatre, and the Diseases of Modern Life team (University of Oxford), led by Professor Sally Shuttleworth. To read more please click here. Suitable for ages 14+


On Friday 19th June, 5pm (UK time), join us for a live 'Post-show Decontamination' discussion with Professor Sally Shuttleworth (Diseases of Modern Life, Oxford University).

Please click here for more details about the discussion.




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