Ker-Pow! How science superheroes crushed COVID
3pm - 4pm
RCP at the Spine, 2 Paddington Village, Liverpool, L7 3FA
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Find out about science superheroes, dress up as a bogey and meet a world-leading scientist!

The Royal College of Physicians (RCP) Museum is delighted to welcome RCP censor and world-leading scientist, Professor Tom Solomon CBE to perform his fantastic family show about COVID-19.

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The show features five comic book “science superheroes” tussling with their nemesis, Corry the Coronavirus, on a stage dressed with a massive mouth. During the show the audience learns why viruses emerge, what happens in a pandemic, and how we can beat such threats in the future. In the highly interactive show, children play Jason and the R-Go-Noughts to understand how viruses are passed on and dress up as bogeys to see how the body fights infection!

The show is aimed at 7 – 11 year olds, all children must be accompanied by a parent/guardian, light refreshments will be provided after the show.

The show is supported by the Pandemic Institute.

‘Clear, accessible, moving...amazing’

 - Guardian

‘One of the Top Ten Kids’ Shows at the 2022 Fringe’

 - Time Out

This is one of a series of events that run alongside exhibition ‘Fortitude’. In ‘Fortitude’ the RCP are privileged to share the experiences of healthcare professionals working during the COVID-19 pandemic, in their own words. The exhibition can be visited at the RCP in London and online from 25 September 2023 to 24 May 2024. Please note that the exhibition contains images, descriptions and audio recordings relating to illness, death, grief and trauma, and may not be suitable for children. 

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Tom Solomon with a young performer at his show. Photo by Daniel Juan
Tom Solomon with a young performer at his show. Photo by Daniel Juan

About Tom

When he is not on stage, Tom is fighting emerging viruses for real. He is a doctor, RCP censor, researcher and director of the Pandemic Institute at the University of Liverpool. He was awarded a CBE in June 2021 for his work on emerging infections. Tom is also an award-winning science communicator, winning two Guinness World Records (one for the fastest marathon dressed as a doctor and another for creating the world’s largest brain), and hosts the Scouse Science Podcast.

During the pandemic, Tom has appeared regularly on BBC One’s Breakfast and Radio 4’s Today Programme. Other appearances include CBBC’s Newsround, BBC One’s The One Show and Question Time, as well as Radio 4’s Saturday Live and Great Lives. Tom’s last family show, Roald Dahl's Marvellous Medicine, was about his friend and former patient Roald Dahl and his amazing medical adventures. The show had a complete sell-out run at The Pleasance Theatre in 2017 and subsequently toured the country, ending up at Leicester Square.