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Mark Thomas - Check Up: Our NHS @ 70

Mark Thomas - Check Up: Our NHS @ 70
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The Scotsman


    Start date29 Jul 2018
    End date26 Aug 2018
  • TicketsPreview Tickets: Full price £15 / Concession £9. Tickets: Full price £21.50 / Standard concession £16.50 / U30s & Students £15 / Other concession £9.50

    World Premiere
    Lakin McCarthy in association with Nick of Time Productions Ltd

    Mark Thomas is 54, the NHS is 70, UK national average life expectancy is 84. If Mark makes it to 84 the NHS will be 100... what will they both look like?

    Based on a series of interviews with leading experts in and on the NHS and residences in hospitals and surgeries. Thomas uses his own demise to explore the state we’re in. What's going wrong in our NHS, how it can go right and what the future might hold for all of us. / @markthomasinfo / #OurNHS70

    Sun 29 Jul, 7pm
    Sat 4 Aug, 9.15pm

    Preview Tickets
    Full price £15
    Concession £9

    Sun 5 – Sun 26 Aug
    (No Mon Performances)

    Note: Click on 'Book Now' for dates and times. 

    Full price £21.50
    Standard concession £16.50
    U30s / Students £15
    Other concession £9.50

    See our Box Office page for full pricing and booking information.

    Access Performances
    British Sign Language: Wed 22 Aug, 4pm
    Relaxed Performance: Tue 14 Aug, 1pm Find out more>>


    Running Time
    1h 10m approximately

    Age Recommendation 

    Note: Contains strong language

    Supported by The Wellcome Trust.

    Image by Sid Scott

    • Nicolas Kent

      Co-producer, Director
    • Lakin McCarthy

    • Helen Atkinson

      Sound Designer
    • Jon Driscoll

      Set, Video & Lighting Designer
    • Thea Stevenson

      Interview Filming
    • Susan McNicholas

      The Scotsman
    • Impassioned mixture of reportage and storytelling. ★★★★
      The Stage
    • Impassioned and informative look at where the NHS is at right now. ★★★★
      Time Out
    • An engaging and informative 75 minutes where anger and humour bounce off of each other to good purpose. ★★★★
    • Thomas is able to make a smooth transition, in Nicholas Kent’s carefully paced production, from a celebration of the NHS in its 70th-birthday year to a critique of the complacency, under-investment and creeping privatisation that is poised to bring it down. ★★★★
      The Guardian
    • This is a show that comes from the guts. ★★★★
      The Telegraph
    • A devastatingly thorough portrait of a system in crisis. ★★★★
      Financial Times
    • It's a compassionate and trenchant show, with typically Thomas zingers and some nice theatrical touches. ★★★★
      The List
    • Thomas on fine form, using his skill as a theatremaker and passion for a truly up-to-the-minute topic to create a riveting piece of work. ★★★★
      Fest Magazine
    • A remarkably fluent, unsentimental, human piece of theatre... a passionate, deeply moving tale of courage, resilience and human compassion in ever more challenging circumstances. ★★★★
      The Arts Desk
    • Mark Thomas should be on prescription.’ / ‘… Nicolas Kent’s production manages to be righteous, moving and funny in a very necessary plea for a similar injection of humanity into those currently strangling the life out of the NHS. ★★★★
      The Herald
    • Perfectly balanced between laugh-a-minute entertainment and hard-edged political commentary. ★★★★
      The Scotsman
    • Worthy and highly entertaining. ★★★★
      British Theatre Guide
    • A show which is compelling, both as polemic and theatrical endeavour. ★★★★
    • [Mark Thomas’s] passion is palpable and he paints a portrait of an organisation that needs to be defended in order to continue. ★★★★
      Across the Arts
    • Another excellent show from the Fringe’s great storyteller. ★★★★
    • Witty and enlightening, this is just the tonic for a busy festival! ★★★★
      50 Connect
    • Possibly his finest work to date. ★★★★★
      The Edinburgh Reporter
    • An extremely well rehearsed and presented performance. ★★★★
      Broadway Baby
    • It’s a sobering piece and the under funding, even if you know it, is shocking. ★★★★

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