Deadinburgh places the audience at the centre of an epidemic. In doing so, it introduces them to the surveillance, epidemiology and expertise used in outbreak management. At the heart of the production is the ethical and moral quandary: where do human rights begin and end in a crisis?
An epidemic ravages Scotland’s capital, turning the unlucky souls into bloodthirsty ambling beasts. On all channels an emergency broadcast plays. Colonel James Murdoch, of what remains of the Royal Regiment of Scotland, delivers a message on loop:
"If you're alive and well and living in Edinburgh, listen closely. Make your way to Summerhall by the Meadows. We have established a secure sterile zone where our scientists are working every hour to combat this dread disease. We pray you can make it. But if you are infected or you think you could be infected do not approach the Safe Zone, you will be met with lethal force. Your remaining hours will be hell on Earth but that is nothing compared to what happens when the Lazarus Pathogen shakes horror and madness into your flesh. People of Edinburgh, there is no time to lose for the living or dying. May your god go with you."
Citizens arrive at the safe zone and undergo decontamination and health checks. Inside the building, COBRA meets to decide the fate of the city. Edinburgh is in lock-down. Warships are moving into position just off the coast. If an update, a plan of action, is not received within two hours, the city will be destroyed.
When the COBRA meeting ends in a deadlock, the fate of the city is placed in the hands of the last few uninfected citizens of Edinburgh. They have just 90 minutes to navigate the compound, learn as much as they can from the scientific teams working across the site and make a decision.
Will they destroy the city, cull the infected, or contain them and search for a cure?
Michael Cooke, Robbie Mack, John Cook, Emma Claire Brightlyn, Gareth Morrison, Rebecca Burton, James McCreight, John Campbell, Nick Elliot, Steve McMahon, Kirsty Malone, Gregor Davidson, Brendan Hellier.
Dr. Bryony Crowe, Consultant Psychiatrist
Dr Will Shu, Biomedical Microengineering Group, Herriot Watt University
Alan Faulkner-Jones, Herriot Watt University
Atabak Tabriz, Herriot Watt University
Lewis Hou, Edinburgh University
Conall Watson, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine
Nigel Field, University College London
Kate Harvey, University College London
Jo Verran, Manchester Metropolitan University
Matthew Crossley, Manchester Metropolitan University
Neil Pearson, Global Operational Risk Manager
Sarah Keer-Keer, Welcome Trust Centre for Cell Biology
Nicola Stock, Roslin Institute
Neil McKenzie, Edinburgh University
Writer/Director: Barra Collins
Set & Costume Designer: Sean Turner
Sound Designer: Stephen Dobbie
Outreach: Becky Ashdown
Education Pack: Tristan Maclean (BBSRC)
Producer: Andy Franzkoviak