In Japan and Korea it is customary to ask people what their blood type is. That is so unlike the Brits. If curious, we tend to ask more about one’s zodiac sign or horoscope. It sounds rather strange and science-y but Japanese and Korean people believe that each blood type (A, B, AB, and O) has its own set of personality traits. Now imagine a world where the only piece of data that was important, more vital than your privacy, was the rating and condition of your blood; your genetic blueprint could disclose your life expectancy, job prospects and chances of finding a healthy partner. No doubt, it would be a scary place.
Showing downstairs at The Hampstead Theatre is The Phlebotomist: a challenging and thought-provoking piece of theatre set in a dystopian clinic. Written by Ella Road (making her debut at the theatre) and directed by Sam Yates, people’s survival rates are put under a microscope.