A touring production of a new play ‘This May Hurt A Bit’ comes to Oxford with high expectations as it is performed at a time when a few hospitals face closure.
The timeless feeling of ill health is reinforced by the surreal entrances of politicians from the year the NHS was founded stepping into and out of the present day action. A stroke victim sits in a wheelchair waiting to be fed whilst a corpse awaits collection in this fictitious hospital. There is so much that needs to be done on this fictitious ward where events are reminiscent of recent news stories.
The pain of failing is held in the sterile air by the threat of insufficient human resources being supplied. The cast play multiple roles showing how everyone needs to be equal if a benevolent system is to work, unlike the philosophy of the big businesses that were brought in to modernise UK hospitals in 1990’s.
A positive collaboration takes heart and the two companies involved in producing Stella Feehily’s vibrant new play (Out of Joint and Octagon Theatre Bolton) refract life through a prism that reveals large and small worlds. High-powered Westminster politicians evolve from the same ensemble as a vulnerable old lady with transient memory loss (played by the charismatic Stephanie Cole). The old lady’s sixty-something son, newly fired from his vocational teaching job, searches a diagnosis for his prostate pain as the narrative follows his journey through hospital red tape (played with sensitivity by Brian Protheroe). He struggles to get his appointment. Whatever your politics, this play is a stark reminder that the people who need care the most are the least best placed to fight for it.
A graph is shown of levels of private investment into state run hospitals and the obvious lack of profit shows. This play is fiction but under Max Stafford-Clark’s detailed direction, reflects much of life in showing that love is the best market. The overworked nurse does much healing by offering a patient a hug. The NHS is what it is.
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