Our National Health Stories Live celebrates the 75th anniversary of the NHS and honours the voices of its staff with a very special one-off performance at Manchester’s Aviva Studios on Thu 23 Nov.

Over the last six months, thousands of NHS staff at 80 hospitals across 19 Trusts have taken part in a nationwide creative programme, telling their stories in their own words by creating artworks that reflect on what it means to be part of the NHS at this landmark milestone.

These stories will be showcased in a live finale performance developed with NHS staff by a creative team led by Artistic Director Kwame Kwei-Armah with writer Chris Bush and composer Ruth Chan, dramaturg Teunkie Van Der Sluijs and associate director Jennifer Tang.

Kwame Kwei-Armah says: “Our National Health Stories Live is a moment for us all to come together to support the people that support us when it matters.

“There are so many contributions I can’t wait to share – a trolley ballet created by the porters of Addenbrokes hospital; a choir from Derby & Burton that have learned about themselves and each other through singing together; choreography from University Hospital Leicester created by medical students and patients.

“We have beautiful new music by Ruth Chan and words from Chris Bush that capture the characters and experiences that we’ve encountered, but Our National Health Stories comes out of the art created by the NHS every day. It’s a celebration built from the ground up.”

Next Thursday, NHS staff from all over the country will come together at Aviva Studios, joined by a cast of professional musicians in a performance that spans poetry, music, dance and more.

To book tickets, or to read more about the performance, click the button below. Along with the live audience in attendance, anyone can tune in via live stream here.

Thu 23 Nov,
Aviva Studios, Water St, Manchester M3 4JQ
Bradley Lengden
Published on:
Tue 14 Nov 2023