14 May - 21 June 2014

This May Hurt a Bit

14 May – 21 June 2014

“It would be a great reform in politics if wisdom could be made to spread as easily and rapidly as folly” – Winston Churchill

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, and fiercely debated, institution?

Out of Joint returns to the St James Theatre following their raved-about production of Our Country’s Good. Stella Feehily’s plays for Out of Joint have been produced at the Royal Court and Soho Theatre. They include Bang Bang BangDreams of ViolenceO go my Man and Duck.

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

**** Whatsonstage.com
A terrific show. Angry and agile… Stephanie Cole is effortlessly authoritative and delightfully foul-mouthed

**** Time Out
Urgent, clever, anarchic… A very funny script, excellent performances and quicksilver direction… I defy anyone to leave without a renewed sense of pride in our greatest institution

**** The Scotsman
“The silence surrounding the creeping privatisation of the NHS in England is one of the great mysteries of current British politics… A very fine performance from the wonderful Stephanie Cole… Feehily’s play begins to exert an ever stronger and more moving grip”

This production is supported by Frank and Elizabeth Brenan

Download the This May Hurt a Bit the EDUCATION PACK here – This May Hurt a Bit Education Pack.pdf.

‘Wonderful writing... The eight-strong cast is superb and a delight to watch... Stephanie Cole is perfectly cast as witty, feisty and independent Iris’ Bolton News

‘Powerful, inspiring and entertaining... Human poignancy and laugh-out-loud comedy’ Bury Free Press

‘Both funny and full of bemused rage’ Scottish Herald

‘A sterling cast’ Manchester Evening News

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

‘A touching drama... Surreal, hilarious and hard-hitting... Max Stafford-Clark's direction is masterly. Each member of his eight-strong cast is a joy to watch, in every single one of their 25 characters... As theatrically entertaining as it is politically committed’ The Observer

‘Passionate, urgently topical... Our theatre has long been crying out for a new play on the subject’ The Guardian

‘Urgent, clever, anarchic… A very funny script, excellent performances and quicksilver direction… I defy anyone to leave without a renewed sense of pride in our greatest institution’ Time Out

‘Two tightly-packed hours of dynamic, urgent theatre’ Financial Times

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