7pm, 25th June
Closed captions are available
By Owen Sheers
Directed by George Mann
‘The NHS, it’s there for when the pattern breaks, isn’t it?
When the day we expect, the story we’re living
Whoever you are,
Takes a turn we didn’t see coming.’
Written in 2018 to commemorate the 70th anniversary of the NHS, this stunning poetic play is a love letter to ‘that beautiful idea made manifest’. The play charts an emotional and philosophical map of the NHS today through the story of its founding and the personal experiences that lie at its heart; from patients to surgeons, porters to midwives. This is a world of transformative pains,triumphs, losses and celebrations and joins us all in our universal experiences of health and sickness, birth and death, regardless of race, gender or wealth.
Originally produced as a film-poem for the BBC featuring a host of familiar faces, including Michael Sheen, Sian Phillips and Martin Freeman, the play holds even more relevance in these unprecedented times.
Sheers’ lyrical reportage is politically and emotionally charged, asking urgent questions about the future of the NHS. We’re excited to produce Sheers’ verse drama paying tribute to the ideas, ethos and people that come together everyday to make our NHS.
Age guidance 12+
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Matthew/Andrew/Bevan James Burman
Yvonne/Karen/Sara/Anvi Tian Chaudhry
Eluned/Melissa/Rachel Esmée Cook
Eva/Aneira/Alison Olivia Edwards
Vijay Akshay Khanna
Kemi/Steve Nimshi Kongolo
Bethan/Kerry/Annie Kiera Lester
Gwyn/Bill Mark Milligan
Valeria/Wendy/Samantha Alice Moore
Ben Sebastian Orozco
Hywel Danial Radze
Giovanni/Prof. Al Juboori Tommy Sim’aan
Sian/Leanne/Alice Chanel Waddock
Director George Mann
Assistant Director Lucy Hayes
Production Designer Bea Wilson
Costume Designer Benjamin Thapa
Sound Designer Danny Davies
Music Andy Jenks
Filmed and edited by The Cast
Assemble Edit Andy Jenks
Digital Coordinator Dave Taylor
Director of Photography Maya Barker
Script Supervisor Sara Mikulla
Production Manager Jon Sherwood
Production Supervisor Ruth Sidery
Stage Manager Charlotte Woolley
Deputy Stage Manager Rosie Tredray
Assistant Stage Managers Eliza Podesta, Cat Simpson and Kirk Bishop
Production Assistant Frederick MacLeod
Costume Supervisor Becky Davies
Head of Costume Jill Blundell
Animators Ella Lovelady, Elkie McCrimmon and Emily Poole
Animation Sound Designer Emily Poole