Bioethics Prize-Winning Play “Tomcat” on the ethics of genetic screening, matinee performance Saturday October 31st

We are delighted to announce a special deal for KCL students for the  matinee performance of Bioethics Prize-Winning play “Tomcat” by James Rushbrooke,  tackling the ethics of genetic screening.

Tomcat_WebWhen: Saturday October 31st, at 3.30pm.

Where: Southwark Play House

The play will be followed by a discussion with the writer and the producer, Chris Foxon, producer, and with Dr Silvia Camporesi, Lecturer in Bioethics & Society at SSHM. More information about the play is available here and below:


Tomcat by James Rushbrooke won the 2015 Papatango New Writing Prize from over 600 entries. It runs at Southwark Playhouse (in Elephant & Castle, London) from 28 October – 21 November 2015, published by Nick Hern Books. It stars an Olivier Award-winning cast.

TOMCAT was selected from over 600 entries to win the 2015 Papatango New Writing Prize. It tackles the ethics of genetic screening in a not-too distant imagined future world. Written by a psychology graduate and social care worker, James Rushbrooke, Tomcat examines the issues raised by a child carrying indicators of psychopathy in a future world where genetic screening of foetuses has otherwise completely eliminated such ‘antisocial’ conditions. With population growth and a stretched healthcare system, is termination of foetuses with genetic disorders ethically problematic, or merely sensible?

As debate over genetic screening rages, Tomcat’s urgent vision questions the lengths to which we will go to keep humanity healthy.

Please contact Dr Silvia Camporesi ( if you are interested in going to the play and Silvia will send you the discounted ticket code (discounted tickets are £ 10).

Postgraduate (Master’s and PhD) and undergraduate students are welcome to attend. SSHM students have precedence but students from other departments at King’s College London are welcome to attend to on a first-come-first serve basis.

This is a not-to-miss opportunity for those of you interested in ethics, bioethics, medical humanities, criminology and psychology, and the future of humanity!

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