Our principal Ross Jamieson, who plays Florey in the Mould, survived Meningitis with four-million-to-one chances sings to save the drugs that saved him at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2018
Professional musical theatre actor Ross Jamieson’s story is one of survival against all odds. At two years old, he was diagnosed with meningococcal septicaemia and was given a four-million-to-one chance of survival. The doctors had never seen this strain of meningitis before, and his family was told to that he would not survive the illness. However, UK doctors made several medical breakthroughs in breaking down septicaemia as they worked to save Ross, and managed to develop a treatment that helped him survive. Unlike many Meningitis survivors who may have had even weaker strains of the disease, he left the hospital with no disabilities and all of his limbs.
18 years later, Ross is a newly qualified professional actor, performing his first job in a musical about antibiotic resistance at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2018, supported by the British Society for Antimicrobial Chemotherapy and publicly endorsed by the Chief Medical Officers of Scotland and England, Dr Catherine Calderwood and Dame Sally Davies. The Mould that Changed the World highlights the public health threat of AMR on a new platform, telling the compelling story of Alexander Fleming’s discovery of penicillin just after World War 1, journeying through to the present day with world leaders in discussion about how to address the global AMR issue.
Written by Edinburgh composer Robin Hiley and developed with Meghan Perry of the University of Edinburgh, a stellar cast of musical theatre professionals join with a chorus of health care professionals from across the UK with a huge range of medical and scientific backgrounds, to highlight the global antibiotic crisis.
Ross Jamieson said: “It’s ironic that this is my first job and it is giving a message about the drug that helped save my life. Global use of antibiotics is far too high and we need to send out the important message of antibiotic resistance, as well as to raise awareness for Meningitis research – there are a lot of people who aren’t as lucky as I have been.”