The stage production is based on Christie Watson’s memoirs of being a nurse for twenty years.
Wayward Productions have announced that it will open a worldwide premiere in the first week indoor performances are allowed to return.
Opening at the Warwick Arts Centre on the 20th May, The Language of Kindness based on Christie Watson’s experiences of being a nurse, has been adapted and directed for the stage by Sasha Milavic Davies and James Yeatman.
The Language of Kindness brings to life the realities, the challenges, heartbreaks and incomparable joys of working for the NHS and supporting families as they face their best and worst moments.
This new dance-theatre piece has been developed for the last two years and is a socially distanced production, with the company never touching.
Following its run at the Warwick Arts Centre, the production will then tour to the Assembly Hall Theatre in Tunbridge Wells (26th to the 129th May) and Shoreditch Town Hall (2nd to the 12th June).
Talking about the news, Christie Watson said: “Nurses give their soul to help sick people every day: working
fourteen-hour days without eating or drinking because there is no time – not even to use the toilet.
Nurses are using foodbanks. Nurses are homeless. Nurses now have the highest occupational
suicide rate. Nurses do not have time to give the kindness, care and compassion that people so
desperately need, but they find it anyhow. Compassion is the only thing that can save us –
remind us who we are, or at least who we are meant to be. We will all be nursed at some stage
in our lives. Every single one of us. We need our nurses.”
The creative team behind the production includes: Gareth Fry (Harry Potter and the Cursed Child;
The Encounter, Complicité) and set and costume by Zoë Hurwitz (Living Newspaper, Royal Court
Theatre; We Anchor in Hope, Bunker Theatre). Lighting design is by Jess Bernberg (Overflow,
Bush Theatre; [BLANK], Donmar Theatre) with video design by Hayley Egan (Dead Man Walking,
Welsh National Opera; I’ll Take You to Mrs Cole, Complicité and Polka Theatre).
Meanwhile, the ensemble cast will feature performances from Tina Chiang (Rocks; Chimerica), Etta Fusi (Cannibals, Royal Exchange Theatre; Carnival of Souls, HOME MCR), Tamzin Griffin (Dad’s Army; The ABC Murders), Keziah
Joseph (The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe, Bridge Theatre; Mr Gum and the Dancing Bear,
National Theatre), Clive Mendus (Lionboy, Complicité; Othello, RSC) and Harriet Webb (It’s True,
It’s True, It’s True; I May Destroy You).
The Language of Kindness was set to be performed on stage last year but had its run cancelled due to the pandemic. It is a co-production with Assembly Hall Theatre Tunbridge Wells, Complicité and Warwick Arts Centre in association with Shoreditch Town Hall and Guy Chapman.
The Language of Kindness will tour the UK from the 20th May until the 12th June. Tickets are on sale now via the theatre’s websites.