Now that we are tentatively entering what may be a post-Covid world, I wanted to alert you to an event which is taking place in-person at the Bloomsbury theatre and online for those who live around the world or those who live locally but are still being careful.

I have rewritten an aria from La Boheme (yes, me and opera, who would have thought it?) in response to a UCLH commission on the theme that the next pandemic may be caused by the abuse and overuse of antibiotics (AMR or anti-microbial resistance). The film is approx 7 minutes long. This is followed by a panel discussion on migrants and health inequalities.See below for details.

The theatre is small – only 60 or so seats – so booking is essential. Tickets are free but the organisers are asking for donations which they will pass on to the Nihal Armstrong Trust, the small charity that I run, which gives grants to children with cerebral palsy for cutting-edge equipment and services.

Hope you can make it via either route.

best wishes

Rahila Gupta


LA BIOTIQUE: Migrant Health and Health Inequality

Sat, 4 September 2021

16:00 – 17:00 BST – screening and live panel discussion

In Person:       Bloomsbury Theatre Studio, 15 Gordon Street, London, WC1H 0AH

Tickets for Live Event:

Book to watch online:

Screening of short film La Biotique by Rahila Gupta, followed by a panel discussion with Rahila Gupta, Sonali Naik QC and Dr Enrique Castro-Sánchez on migrant health and the global impact of health inequality as a driver for AMR. La Biotique is a contemporary reworking of an aria from Puccini’s opera La Boheme, in which Mimi, a poor seamstress in 1830s Paris is reimagined as a migrant textile worker in today’s London, who sings of her heartbreak as she contemplates death from TB. With Radhika Aggarwal as ‘Mimi’. “La Biotique” sung by Otis-Cameron Carr.