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Across two days this November, we will hear NHS staff, telling their stories, in their own words.

Our National Health Stories

Across England & online

Wednesday 22 November 2023, throughout the day

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Our National Health Stories draws to a close on Wednesday 22 November with an extraordinary day-long series of performances in hospitals across England

The last six months have seen thousands of NHS staff take part in a nationwide creative engagement programme, sharing their stories and reflecting on what it means to be part of the NHS at this landmark moment in its history. The programme concludes with this unprecedented day of poetry, music, dance and visual art created by NHS staff, telling their stories, in their own words. Over the course of a single day, performances will take place, consecutively at multiple sites in 19 NHS trusts across the nation.

Curated by Kwame Kwei-Armah, and a stellar creative team, this one-off event brings together a multitude of personal stories to create a unique portrait of an organisation through its people – inviting us all to consider and celebrate the profound impact of the NHS on our public life.

You can experience the performances in person at selected sites as well as online. Full details will be announced later in October.

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Our National Health Stories Live

Aviva Studios, Manchester

Thursday 23 November 2023, 7:30pm

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Our National Health Stories concludes with a very special performance at Aviva Studios in Manchester.

This one-off show tells the stories of NHS staff in their own words, informed and inspired by the six-month creative engagement programme by 19 hospital trusts across England. NHS staff will be joined on stage in Manchester by artists, musicians and performers to bring their stories to life through music, poetry, film and dance.

This powerful and moving show is directed by Kwame Kwei-Armah and the stellar creative team that includes writer Chris Bush, composer Ruth Chan and associate director Jennifer Tang.

Tickets are free and available now from the Factory International website, but don’t worry if you can’t make it – the show will also be streamed online for free.

The stream will be free and open to access via this website.

Factory International

Factory International runs Manchester International Festival and operates Aviva Studios, a cultural space in Manchester, where the final performance of Our National Health Stories will take place.

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