Centre for Inflammation Research

The Mould that Changed the World

Sir Alexander Fleming’s discovery of penicillin was one of the greatest medical achievements of the 20th century and paved the way for the development of many life-saving antibiotic treatments. However, with the threat of antimicrobial resistance ever increasing, what can be done to raise awareness of this problem and protect the longevity of Fleming’s pioneering discovery?

This year, Katharin Balbirnie-Cumming, a PhD student in the Dockrell Group in the CIR, and Bert Malengier-Devlies, CIR Postdoctoral Research Fellow, have been given the opportunity to perform in The Mould that Changed the World, the 2018 sell out musical which has returned to Edinburgh and Glasgow this August. It is a fascinating re-telling of the discovery of penicillin by Sir Alexander Fleming, but also aims to educate audiences with a clear message on the real-life consequences of antimicrobial resistance.

Katharin and Bert are in one of two alternating choruses of talented doctors, scientists and healthcare professionals performing alongside professional actors and dancers.

Rehearsals have been going extremely well and it is going to be a fantastic show!

Katharin Balbirnie-CummingCIR PhD Student & Cast Member

Antibiotic resistance is one of the biggest threats to global health and food security today! As an immunologist, I’m happy I’m rising public awareness about the problem by performing a musical about Sir Alexander Fleming

Bert Malengier-DevliesCIR Postdoctoral Researcher & Cast Member

The show is running at the Magnusson Theatre as part of this year’s Edinburgh Fringe festival from the 11th-17th August, and at the Webster’s Theatre in Glasgow from the 18th-20th August.  Spread the word with #ThatMould on social media! We hope to see you there!

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The Mould that Changed the World

The Mould that Changed the World

The 2018 Edinburgh Fringe sell-out science-themed musical is returning to the Fringe from 11-17 August, and visiting Glasgow 18-20 August.

Edinburgh Fringe Festival | Glasgow Webster Theatre