Writer and Director: John Godber
Reviewer: Hannah Powell
This Might Hurt is a beautifully written piece of theatre that puts the NHS under some serious scrutiny.
With his plays constantly being performed all over the world, John Godber has earned the right to be considered one of the most performed writers in the English Language. This Might Hurt is produced by The John Godber Company, which he set up in 2011. It is a satirical and darkly funny piece of theatre which puts the NHS under scrutiny, highlighting not only the corruption present within the system and the chaotic nature of the public health service but also the smaller individuals who often get lost within the organisation.
This Might Hurt is the latest play to take on the topic of the NHS in an exquisitely written script. The action centres around an actor, Jack Skipton [Robert Angell], as he experiences the public health system for himself after a lifetime of publicly supporting the oft-criticised organisation. Angell’s performance is emotionally stimulating, bringing tears of both joy and sadness to the eye as Skipton’s story develops when, after having an uneventful time under the care of the NHS, he experiences a devastating event due to the regulations surrounding patient care.
Three actors take on a total of 31 characters between them in an effort to display the chaos as realistically and truthfully as possible; certainly a challenge. However, they effectively perform an incredibly emotional yet comedic piece of theatre forming connections between audience members and each individual character who appears on stage, whether that be for five minutes or five seconds. Cast members Rachael Abbey (Val) and Josie Morley (Jo) give strong portrayals, charming the audience with their bubbly personalities, perfectly timed one-liners, and energetically executed dance moves.
The set is simplistic, merely an interpretation of the typical clinical room one would recognise in every clinic and hospital across the United Kingdom, and seeks to emphasise the commonality of the situation portrayed.
Runs until 24 September 2016 | Image:Dreamteam Pics