The contaminated zone is being entered for the first time since the great exit.  The investigators, in hazmat suits cut through the fence around the partially demolished hospital.  Finding their way through the overgrown grounds, they enter the old building.  In one Ward, Ward 4A they find a metal box, and in it there is a bunch of papers, drawings, writing, and an old-style memory stick.

Scrawled on the outside of the box are the words 'if you find this..'.



The investigators already know there must have been people in the hospital building after the Valentine’s Day dust, and it is thought that it accounts for some of ‘The Missing’.  But no one knows who was there and what happened……

The items in the box reveal bits and pieces of the story.  There are  notes, poems, and images and  there are phones with fragments of video.  These have been copied here.  Recorded on the memory stick, which has been compiled by journalists who were in the hospital at the time, is the story of Ward 4A, as far as it goes.

Before the dust a group of young people had forced the fence panel in the woods, and broken into the hospital site.  They had been hanging out there, carefully replacing the panel every time they went in


On 14th February, when the emergency sirens went off, and everybody received the texts to take cover, some of the young people were in the hospital,  several people made their way to the hospital from nearby, some escaped to it later, and others were guided there by those already in hiding, when the phones still worked.


Valentine's Day Dust
00:00 / 04:11
Eyewitness Accounts of The Dust
00:00 / 02:45
The Great Exit
00:00 / 03:33
Life in the Hospital - interview
00:00 / 09:01

DO NOT BE ALARMED    "The Dust" is a fictional account, created by First Year students on the Applied Theatre course at Royal Birmingham Conservatoire.  Any similarity with people living or dead is entirely coincidental.  This site contains the elements of a story created through a devising process started in February 2020.  What would have been a theatre performance has been converted as a result of the Covid19 Crisis into an online account.  You can access the story and the drama through exploration of this site, which contains wide range of recorded content developed during the period of lockdown.  There are student devised and performed elements on many pages of the site, in particular the story on the 'memory stick' and the individual monologues on the page 'portraits of unknowns'.  Please feel free to explore the site thoroughly and leave feedback, including your own thoughts about exactly what might have happened in Ward 4A.

Credits:  Original footage of abandoned hospital taken from You Tube channel 'JPVideos81'. All other material created by students and staff.

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