How worried are you about the myriad pressures on the NHS today? Will you be thinking about the future of the NHS when you go to the ballot box?
After watching the 2016 junior doctors’ strikes, and seeing how the job was affecting her own junior doctor flatmate, Tania Amsel was worried enough to write Blood Orange, the one-woman play she also performs, which shows how the job affects one junior doctor in Swansea A&E at Christmas.
She and her producers programmed a December season at the Old Red Lion Theatre, with the Christmas timing in mind and aware that, like most years, there would inevitably be another “winter crisis” for the NHS. Then an election was called and the play took on even greater timeliness.
So, after her very first performance, Tania asked me to chair a post-show discussion last night with a specific aim: get people remembering what’s really at stake with the NHS in tomorrow’s general election. And vote accordingly.
“The NHS is about as safe with [Boris Johnson] as a pet hamster would be with a hungry python” – Former Conservative Prime Minister John Major
Please watch and share the full discussion below. This one was as much about what the audience had to say as any of us onstage. And last night’s packed audience included several doctors and other NHS staff as well as the health correspondent of a national newspaper.
Beyond our collective hopes for election results, I hope that you’ll get to Blood Orange regardless. Whoever is in charge come Friday, this is a heartwarming piece, beautifully performed, and should be seen.