The Mould that Changed the World

Published: 10 August 2022

A play produced in conjunction with the University is out now in Glasgow

There are many teams in the University actively engaged in combatting the antimicrobial resistance pandemic and looking for opportunities to communicate our activities to a wider public and scientific audiences. The sell-out musical, ‘The Mould that Changed the World’, is in Glasgow’s Websters Theatre this August. Produced in conjunction with several ambassadors from the University, including Andrew Smith, Professor of Clinical Bacteriology, the play also features several University alumni amongst its cast.

Professor Andrew Smith said: “The Mould show is an exciting and fun opportunity for the University to trigger a series of cross-campus initiatives to foster more communications on our efforts against the rising tide of antimicrobial resistance”

‘The Mould that Changed the World’ gained critical acclaim and widespread attention in 2018 when it took the Edinburgh Fringe by storm. NHS scientists and healthcare professionals have come together to sing in a musical which warns the public about the ‘hidden’ pandemic of antibiotic resistance (AMR). They form the chorus of 'The Mould that Changed the World', the musical that chronicles the life of Alexander Fleming and his discovery of the first antibiotic. This unique project combines a cast of professional West End actors and dancers with a live band and an NHS chorus of doctors, nurses, scientists and healthcare professionals, including those from the University of Glasgow. Now with the support of Dame Sally Davies, UK Government and Rockefeller Foundation, it is showing across Scotland in August before touring the US. The play is in Glasgow from 18-20 August and tickets are available now.

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

If you would like to book tickets, please follow the links below:

18-20 August, Websters Theatre, Glasgow | Tickets:

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First published: 10 August 2022