Wednesday 30 April 2014
Bristol Old Vic

This May Hurt a Bit

A month after stating "we will stop the top-down reorganisation of the NHS that has got in the way of patient care" the government launched the biggest top-down reorganisation the service had seen in its 65-year history. With characteristic wit and tenderness, this new play explores one family’s journey through the digestive system of the NHS. Nicholas James is in and out of hospital thanks to his ageing mother and his unruly prostate – or is it the other way round? Lost medical notes, mysterious stains and bodily malfunctions coincide with the arrival of family from overseas. In this biting, buoyant new political comedy, Stella Feehily puts Britain’s beloved and berated NHS under the stethoscope and asks: what is the prognosis for this much-loved and fiercely debated institution? Is it a terminal case?

The cast includes one of our best-loved actresses, Stephanie Cole and also Jane Wymark who plays John Nettles’ wife in Midsummer Murders.

"It would be a great reform in politics if wisdom could be made to spread as easily and rapidly as folly."
Winston Churchill

This May Hurt a Bit

By Stella Feehily. An Out-of-Joint and Octagon Theatre Bolton Co-Production directed by Max Stafford-Clark.