FACTOR 9 – the Contaminated Blood Scandal

“Prepare to be physically shaken by Factor 9.” Yasmin Suleiman, The List “I have NEVER been more affected, impressed and devastated by a play in a long theatrical life…A play of shame, pain and extraordinary power.” Pete Searle, audience member…

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“Prepare to be physically shaken by Factor 9.” Yasmin Suleiman, The List

“I have NEVER been more affected, impressed and devastated by a play in a long theatrical life…A play of shame, pain and extraordinary power.” Pete Searle, audience member

Based on the testimonies of Robert Mackie and Bruce Norval
with
STEWART PORTER as Rab & MATTHEW ZAJAC as Bruce

Factor 9 is inspired by the story of the biggest healthcare disaster in the history of the UK’s National Health Service. This is a play based on the lives, deaths and testimonies of some of those affected by treatment with contaminated blood – an horrific story of blighted lives which explores the causes that allowed HIV, Hepatitis C and CJD infection to be spread among the community of blood products users in Scotland, the rest of the UK and throughout the world during the late 1970s and 1980s.

Using transcripts, interviews, newspaper articles and other documentary evidence, and mixing this with metaphors and myths from the realms of science fiction and horror, Factor 9 is a visceral multi-media performance dominated by that vital fluid, blood. At its core, it tells a story of ordinary people and how their lives were shockingly changed forever.

“Superbly tense drama, with Porter and Zajac on top form.”
Ed Frankl, Edinburgh Evening News ******

“Factor 9 says what it has to say about a mighty public scandal, in a vividly theatrical style that no-one who sees it is ever likely to forget”
Joyce MacMillan, The Scotsman ****

“The playwright got it just right…powerful and very human.”
Paula Murray, Sunday Express

“Be sure to see it.”
Anders Sjögren, Västerbottens-Kuriren Sweden

“…unforgettable, high quality and hard-hitting…”
Margaret Chrystall, Inverness Courier *****

AUDIENCE
“Stop what you are doing and check to see if Dogstar Theatre Factor 9 is coming to you. Gut wrenching, tragic, furious, brilliant.” Bruce MacGregor, Inverness

“SUPERB, POWERFUL and SEAMLESS performance – still shaking with the effects of it – best theatre I’ve seen since the Tailor of Inverness.” Joanna Boyce, Edinburgh

DOGSTAR THEATRE ONLINE
You can also watch the multi-award-winning international hit THE TAILOR OF INVERNESS and the outstanding accompanying documentary CIRCLING A FOX with us here:

The Tailor of Inverness https://vimeo.com/ondemand/thetailorofinverness

Circling A Fox https://vimeo.com/ondemand/circlingafox

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