“These are wonderful. Candid and thought provoking and helpful. Deserve to be seen far and wide . Why aren’t things like this shown on TV? Great work by Theatre of Debate”
– Simon Denegri, OBE Executive Director of The Academy of Medical Sciences
“The Covid and Me monologues are powerful as you feel in a one to one conversation with the actor, as if you are sat across a table and hearing them speak.”
– Dr William van’t Hoff Chief Executive Officer at the NIHR Clinical Research Network Coordinating Centre
The National Institute of Health Research (NIHR) commissioned TOD to co-produce the Covid and Me Monologues in partnership with Leeds University (led by Prof Sue Pavitt) to show how people from underserved communities have been affected by the Covid Pandemic and to underline the importance of COVID-19 research in developing treatments and vaccines for all.
The playwrights participated in a series of generator workshops that explored the barriers to involvement in research studies from the perspective of the members of the underserved communities.
Inspired by the lived-in experiences of the participants, the playwrights created 10 authentic characters, who appear in 13 original monologues:
- ‘Shoulder to Shoulder’ (Asif) by Sudha Bhuchar performed by Peter Singh
- ‘Crossing the line’ (Varsha) by Sudha Bhuchar performed by Shaheen khan
- ‘Carrots and Marigolds’ (Ed) by Jonathan Hall performed by David Sterne
- ‘Chicken Pepper Soup’ (Ify) by Farah Najib performed by Adaya Henry
- ‘The Call’ (Trudy) by Sarah Daniels performed by Clare Perkins
- ‘Important Person’ (Ollie) by Judith Johnson performed by Blaine Kelly
- ‘Awkward Fit’ (Kirsty) by Leanne Allen performed by Cherylee Houston