Preview: Factor 9, Traverse Theatre

Factor 9. Picture: Comp
Factor 9. Picture: Comp
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DOGSTAR Theatre bring their hard-hitting new production to the Traverse next week after playing to tremendous acclaim in Sweden, Denmark and Wales.

Factor 9 is the true story of two Scottish haemophiliacs, Bruce Norval and Rab Mackie, and how their lives were devastated from an early age by NHS prescribed blood-clotting products, in what has been described as the biggest disaster in medical history.

Matthew Zajac plays Bruce opposite Stewart Porter’ s Rab in the multi-media piece which confronts how society can react towards its most vulnerable in the moment of a pandemic – and what can happen as a consequence in the name of medical research.

In the enclosed world of an abandoned ward, a decades long struggle with government and health authorities for recognition and truth unfolds, taking an uncompromising journey from the Arkansas prison system via the 1980s AIDS crisis to the haemophilia clinics of Scotland, asking: How could this happen?

Written by Hamish MacDonald and directed by Ben Harrison, the production anticipates the long awaited findings of the Scottish Government’s Penrose Inquiry – the first ever UK public inquiry into contaminated blood products, now due to be published next month.

Factor 9, Traverse Theatre, Cambridge Street, next Thursday–Saturday, 7.30pm, £12.50-£15.50, 0131-228 1404