INVESTIGATION     11/9/2028  Contaminated Area 45/6 former Kings Oak Hospital

Investigative Unit 24C sent into site of the former Hospital in Kings Oak, Birmingham, still registering 6.98 and uninhabitable for 327 years, discovered signs of Post Valentine's Day occupation in 2021.  Evidence confirming a renegade group occupied Ward 4A of the disused hospital for some time.  The team uncovered evidence of a group estimated 20-30 unknowns resident in the building.  IU 24C reports uncovering metal container with multiple items of evidence, including phones with recording, video blogs, and memory stick containing documentary evidence.

The Hospital was closed in November 2020, after the Covid-19 crisis had subsided.  It had been due for closure before but was pressed into continued service during the crisis.  When it closed, a tall solid fence was erected around it, with large gates for the construction traffic.  The demolition had already started and part of the building was gone when the dust fell.  The demolition team left and the gates were locked.  The hospital site was abandoned, forgotten and never checked.   At the back of the site, there is a small wooded area, and a panel in the fence had been forced…….

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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