June 2020

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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. Suitable for ages 14+. View here.

In particular, please note the competition for school pupils which closes on July 6.   https://www.contagioncabaret.co.uk/get-involved

Our funding page is fully updated with details of the new rounds of two funding schemes. The Small Grants Scheme awards up to £400 for all kinds of activity which promotes the study of literature and science. The Postgraduate/ECR Conference Fund covers expenses of around £200 to help junior colleagues with the expenses of presenting research. The deadline for applications to both schemes has been extended to 1st September 2020, and more details can be found here.