“Urgent, clever, anarchic... I defy anyone to leave without a renewed sense of pride in our greatest institution, and some serious concerns about its future.” — Time Out
“Urgently topical… a passionate defence of nationalised medicine and a call to fight for its preservation.” — Guardian
A witty, tender, and occasionally surreal exploration of one family's experience of the NHS.
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.
Stella Feehily's play explores one family’s journey through the digestive system of the NHS, and asks: what is the prognosis for this much-loved institution?
This May Hurt A Bit premiered in 2014, on a UK tour co-produced by Out of Joint, and Octagon Theatre, Bolton.
Stella Feehily's plays have been staged at the Royal Court Theatre, Soho Theatre and Project Arts Centre, Dublin, among others. She was co-winner of the Susan Smith Blackburn Award 2007 for O Go My Man.