Who Cares

Royal Court

Who Cares

10 Apr 2015 - 16 May 2015

£25.00 - N/A

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9 reviews

3.1 out of 5.0
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The NHS belongs to us. In the run-up to the 2015 General Election the NHS is emerging as the key issue in the party political agenda. The Royal Court is responding to that public passion and debate by staging Michael Wynne’s new verbatim play Who Cares.

Over the past 18 months Michael Wynne has interviewed nurses, doctors, paramedics, historians, policy makers and politicians up and down the country, gathering an unrivalled collection of verbatim testimonies from those connected to every aspect of the NHS.

Taking over the Jerwood Theatre Upstairs as well as hidden spaces around the building, this journeying performance will give voice to the unheard perspectives on the past, present and possible future of our NHS. In a promenade performance audiences will be led around intimate spaces by a cast of professional actors.


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“Just in time for the election, the Royal Court has come up with this enlightening glimpse inside the National Health Service. ”

Dominic Maxwell (The Times)

“Combines memorable detail with potent testimony... Feels genuinely illuminating and resists the urge to be preachy. ”

Henry Hitchings (Evening Standard)

“Provides facts as experiences... with candour, verve and humour... not ideological, but practical, clear-sighted appraisal. ”

Susannah Clapp (The Observer)

“Informative but overall an unexciting promenade performance lacking in metaphor and resonance. ”

Aleks Sierz (Arts Desk, The Stage)

“Useful as the verbatim format is, the subject of the NHS is so emotive that I was left wanting to know Wynne’s own point of view”

Michael Billington (The Guardian)

“The personal stories are... affecting [but] this troubling cacophony of voices doesn’t bring us any closer to finding a cure. ”

Daisy Bowie-Sell (What's On Stage, Time Out, Telegraph)

“Often thought-provoking, occasionally baggy... will leave its audience occasionally exhilarated and often frustrated. ”

Other newspaper reviewers

“A rather tame display... A quick visit to your local hospital is likely to prove much more surreal and exciting. ”

Patrick Marmion (Time Out, Daily Mail)

“Affecting human stories which, when threaded together, should present a moving tapestry. But, somehow, they don't. ”

Theo Bosanquet (Time Out, What's On Stage)

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