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RCP Lates September – The Book of Jo

Thu 5 Sep 2019 @ 5:00 PM - 8:00 PM


On the first Thursday of the month the Royal College of Physicians Museum opens its doors for a series of free Museum Late events. Giving visitors the chance to experience more than 500 years of history at England’s oldest medical college. This will be the final Catch Your Breath themed Museum Late at the Royal College of Physicians.

During Catch Your Breath, you can join a special curator-led tour and join in themed activities led by members of the Life of Breath project team and our collaborators.Book here for the whole evening and come along to as many as you like!

The final Museum Late on Thursday 5 September at RCP will include a rehearsed reading of a new theatre show The Book of Jo, created and performed by Viv Gordon and commissioned by the Life of Breath project.



  • 5.30-6.40pm: RCP archives on display
  • 6.00-6.40pm: Catch Your Breath exhibition tour
  • 6.45-7.45pm: The Book of Jo performance
  • 7.45-8.00pm: Audience Q&A


The Book of Jo

The Book of Jo looks at what happens when life falls apart. How can we maintain hope when the worst happens? And why do bad things happen anyway?

A woman faced with a rare and random terminal diagnosis sits in the debris of her life contemplating meaning and social justice with the dubious help of the Old Testament story The Book of Job.


About Viv

Viv Gordon is a theatre maker and arts activist producing feisty work about mental health and trauma based on her lived experience. She has just previewed her new show ORAL, exploring abuse, dentistry, and civil rights. Previous shows include: PreScribed (a life written for me), a commission from University of Bristol highlighting research into General Practitioners in mental health crisis in an NHS in meltdown; and I am Joan, a comedy about trauma survival and listening to the still, small voice within. With Life of Breath, she hopes to explore connections between breath, mental health, panic and anxiety as well as illness, risk behaviours, judgement, shame and blame.


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