Floating, a one-woman show about life as a high-dependency nurse in the NHS, premiered at the Unity last year and returns for two performances this week before going on tour.
The one-woman show staring Susannah Freeman and written and directed by her brother Sam, Floating takes in the stresses, strains but also joys of working in the health service.
Written after extensive research including interviews with serving NHS staff, the play seeks to explore how we treat our health service, how we regard the people who work in in, and our relationship with the people around us.
Sam says: “Floating is a verbatim play that uses interview material with current NHS nurses, doctors and support staff to weave together an emotionally truthful and honest story that is relevant politically, socially and emotionally.”
You might know Sam as the Unity’s marketing manager, but outside of the day job he is a graduate of Liverpool Everyman’s Young Writers programme. His writing credits include Revenge (Dark Laughs Theatre at York Theatre Royal), On The Edge (Grin Productions at the Lantern Theatre) and Three Cheers For HRH (Stephen Joseph Theatre). He was artistic director of TakeOver09, a young people’s theatre festival in York.
The play is a Lives Of Others Theatre production and can be seen this Tuesday (May 28) and Thursday (May 30) at the Unity.