Bed 6, Oncology ward, a local NHS hospital. Behind the blue curtain – Daniel, a refugee from Eritrea, now training to be a nurse; Rahmiya, a second-generation immigrant Muslim doctor; and David, elderly white cancer patient and discredited academic, fretting about his cat, Roger. Over time, carers and cared-for become an unlikely, dysfunctional family. But as life ebbs, reality splinters. Glimpsed in the cracks: the Nazi euthanasia programme, a burns clinic in Africa, a cross-Channel human shipment. And drip by drip David’s far-right nativism seeps out, as he prepares his final, incendiary lecture (assuming he lives long enough to give it). Bonds break, and suddenly both Daniel and Rahmiya’s right to call the UK home seems to hang on a dead man’s lips.
Pipeline Theatre, known for indelible characters and immersive design, takes you into the darkness with an unexpectedly light touch, busting taboos while offering its love-letter to the NHS.
“Watching a Pipeline Theatre play is like watching one of the classics, trusting all the while that it is carefully building to something sublime.” The Upcoming
“There are few companies who have such compelling stories to tell or do so in such a beautifully nuanced and unique way.” Theatre Bath
“This piece made me laugh, brought a tear to my eye and flung me into worlds I’d never taken the time to venture into before.” Voicemag
Feb 19-20, 7.30pm, £10.