Spanish Flu Now

  • Faith Weddle
  • Josh Parker

In 2018, 100 years after the 1918 Spanish Flu pandemic which primarily affected 20-35 year olds, five creators took on the imagined stories of six young people as if they had the Spanish Flu now in the modern day. Looking back on this project is somewhat eery, we had no idea that in two years time this was about to become a reality with Covid-19. Spanish Flu Now was created by Flying Object in partnership with Shobana Jeyasingh Dance, whose new work - Contagion - is inspired by the 1918 Spanish Flu Pandemic and toured the country from 15 Sep - 2 Nov 2018. Each Spanish Flu Now character was based at a tour location. Both projects are part of 14-18 NOW, the UK’s arts programme for the First World War centenary.