Mikron’s new show Get Well Soon wishes the NHS a Happy 70th Birthday… and many more to come?
Mikron Theatre Company’s Get Well Soon is being shown at the Eyot Centre on Thursday 19 July as the company arrive in Henley in their 47th year of touring. Always firm favourites at the Eyot Centre, Mikron delight audiences nationwide with their fun and fresh shows. Mikron first came to Henley about 10 years when they contacted the Henley Allotment Association (HAA) about a show called ‘Losing the Plot’ about a battle to save an allotment site.
Chair of HAA David McEwen said, “HAA decided to sponsor them and by complete coincidence there was an announcement around the time that they visited about Watermans allotments being considered as a possible site for the new hospital. Anyway they did a series of food-related productions and then when it became no longer relevant for the allotments association to sponsor them Sally and I and our friends Marisa & Keith decided that we would pick up the sponsorship – because we think that they are a great company and the productions are always very entertaining and fun!”
Get Well Soon is set at St. Monica’s Hospital and all is not well. They’re on life support; facing bugs, bed-blockers and a battle to save A&E.
Hospital boss Simon talks the talk but can he walk the walk? His dad’s had a stroke and his daughter’s in revolt. Now hungry businesses, with an eye on profits, are after a slice of the action…
70 years ago, Nye Bevan gave us free healthcare for all. Can his dream survive the demands and pressures of the 21st century? Can Simon find a cure for his family troubles? Can Nurse Danuta save the day with her pastries and proverbs?
With tunes, transfusions and titters, join Mikron as they make a surgical strike on the state of our NHS.
Playwright Ged Cooper is writing for Mikron for the first time and has had a great time getting her teeth into Get Well Soon, “I love Mikron’s theatrical style; lively and accessible, with a social conscience. You laugh a lot at a Mikron play, but then you go away and think, so I was thrilled when they asked me to write about the NHS on its 70th birthday. I had so many ideas whirling round my head; I feel so strongly about the NHS, a uniquely British achievement, that to research and write about it was an honour and privilege – and great fun!”
Marianne McNamara is Mikron’s Artistic Director, and explains why the NHS is a classic Mikron show: “Get Well Soon celebrates the fantastic NHS in its 70th year. We’ve commissioned a show that is packed with original music that celebrates and highlights the importance of this unique British institution. The NHS is dear to my heart, I doubt that there is anyone in the United Kingdom that hasn’t benefited from it and it’s free. We are so lucky and there is so much to celebrate. I hope it will continue for many years to come.”
Gates open at 6pm with show at 7.30pm. No tickets are required, a cash collection will be taken after the show. Do come with friends & family. Bring a picnic, rugs & chairs to enjoy another entertaining evening with ‘mighty little Mikron’ The Guardian.
This is an outdoor show beside the river but there is indoor back-up in the event of bad weather.