It comes as no surprise that after having studied and observed medical researchers working to combat tropical maladies, B-Floor Theatre sided with the diseases.
Not that Survival Games, a physical theatre production directed by Teerawat Mulvilai and Nana Dakin, portrays scientists as incapable of feelings. On the contrary, every living organism in Survival Games is equally human.
Part of the "Art In Global Health" programme, the production received funding from the Wellcome Collection, an organisation dedicated to opening up the world of medical research to the general public through art. This was the first time the theatre company built a show around a scientific topic, and it was based on their interaction with scientists at the Mahidol-Oxford Tropical Medicine Research Unit. And while Survival Games seems a bit too eager to show us that it is a product of a marriage between art and science, it more than succeeds at translating the science of survival into the politics of survival that feels close to home.
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