Out of Joint and Octagon Theatre Bolton present

This May Hurt A Bit

an animated cartoon of someone looking poorly in a hospital bed surrounded by a maze of green walls with big scary looking characters peering over

Cast includes Stephanie Cole

St. James Theatre, Must End 21 June | Book tickets

Time Out

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, tenderness, and dives into surrealism, Stella Feehily’s new play explores one family’s journey through the digestive system of the NHS, and asks: what is the prognosis for this much-loved institution?

“A touching drama about one family’s encounters with their local hospital intertwines with a surreal, hilarious and hard-hitting examination of the history, politics, economics and day-to-day running of the NHS… Max Stafford-Clark’s direction is masterly. A naturalistic moment moves to tears, a hard fact strikes to anger, an absurdity raises laughter… Each member of his eight-strong cast is a joy to watch, in every single one of their 25 characters. This co-production between Bolton Octagon and Out of Joint is every bit as theatrically entertaining as it is politically committed.”
The Observer

“A passionate agit-prop, surreal and poignant portrait of the health service… Nuanced and funny family drama… Stafford-Clark directs a versatile cast with vigour ”
Sunday Express

“Two tightly-packed hours of dynamic, urgent theatre”
Financial Times

“Stella Feehily’s passionate, urgently topical play… Our theatre has long been crying out for a new play on the subject”
The Guardian

“Told with truth, humour and understanding… Very funny and entertaining. I was enthralled by the production’s complexity, bravado and freshness and also the fine performances of each member of the eight-strong cast. Ensemble theatre at its best.”
Oxford Times

As agit-prop theatre goes, Max Stafford-Clark’s production must surely rank as one of the most stylish ever staged”

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This May Hurt A Bit is supported by Elizabeth & Frank Brenan.

Recommended for age 14+

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