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Kwame Kwei-Armah, St George's Staff Choir and ONHS Live performers on stage clapping and smiling

Our National Health Stories – Watch the Streams back

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Celebrate 75 years of the NHS with performances across hospital Trusts today

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Meet the Cast for the ONHS Live Finale

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UCLH Poetry Commissions with Camden Roundhouse Poetry Collective Alumni

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Audio inspired art from University Hospitals Bristol and Weston NHS Foundation Trust

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The Power of the Written Word in Newcastle

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What stories should not be left untold?

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Stories from Cambridge University Hospitals

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Discover the history of Arts in Hospitals

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Book Free Tickets for Our National Health Stories Live at Aviva Studios, Manchester

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Our National Health Stories Live

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Photographic Portraits

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Watch ‘All Kinds of Bright’ a poem by Oxford University Hospitals

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Somerset NHS Foundation Trust hosts The Poetry Machine 

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Tune in to BBC Radio 4 tonight for a special programme inspired by Our National Health Stories

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Meet the Creative Team

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Our National Health Stories launches

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A poem by Stephen Lee Hodgkins



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A portrait of Chris Bush. Chris wears a floral jacket and is smiling and looking at the camera
Chris Bush


Chris is an award-winning playwright, lyricist, theatre-maker and Associate Director at Sheffield Theatres. Her most recent work includes Standing at the Sky’s Edge (Sheffield Crucible/National Theatre) for which she won an Olivier Award for Best New Musical, South Bank Sky Arts Award for Best Theatre, and UK Theatre Award for Best Musical). Other career awards include the Perfect Pitch Award, a Brit Writers’ Award and the Theatre Royal Haymarket Writers’ Award.

Chris is currently developing a TV adaptation of Standing at the Sky’s Edge with Red Production Company, and she is under a TV development deal with Paramount. Her short film MARS (produced by Yungblud) premiered at London Film Festival and was recently selected for Tribeca Film Festival.

In January 2023 Chris was named by The Stage as one of the 100 most influential people in British theatre.

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Jennifer Tang

Associate Director

Jennifer is an award-winning UK and International theatre maker and stage director, specializing in making new work across multiple disciplines. Her practice spans new writing, devised work and opera, and she also has extensive experience of working with communities and young people. Jennifer trained at the University of East Anglia, the Young Vic and on the National Theatre Studio Director’s course.

Jennifer has just completed a year as Associate Director at The Young Vic Theatre. She was the resident director for Tina, The Tina Turner Musical at the Aldwych Theatre, and the resident assistant director of Theatre Royal Plymouth / The Drum 2013-14.

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Ruth Chan


Ruth is a renowned composer for film, theatre opera and concert music. She is an artist who loves working on both classical, contemporary and electronic compositions, merging cross-cultural and eclectic styles together.

Theatre and Live works credits include: Further than the Furthest Thing (Young Vic), The Doncastrian Chalk Circle (National Theatre/Cast in Doncaster), The Hatchling (The Platinum Jubilee Pageant), Mokita (Hong Kong Arts Festival), and Snow in Midsummer (Royal Shakespeare Company – nominated for The Stage Debut Award for Best Music, 2017).

Ruth was the Composer-in-Residence for Endelienta in 2016 and Artist-in-Residence for Hong Kong Chinese Orchestra in 2014. She composed the soundtrack for silent film Around China With A Movie Camera (British Film Institute) and has also composed for numerous television documentaries.

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Teunkie Van Der Sluijs


Teunkie Van Der Sluijs is a Dutch-British theatre-maker, working predominantly as a director in the UK and in Europe. He is Head of Artistic Development at the Young Vic, having been Creative Associate there since 2019.

As a director, Van Der Sluijs’ work includes the trilogy Clybourne Park, Beneatha’s Place and A Raisin in the Sun at Internationaal Theater Amsterdam which was awarded the 2017 Amsterdam Award for the Arts. His work in the UK includes Hate after La Haine (Barbican, shortlisted for the Oxford Samuel Beckett Theatre Trust Award), and Women Laughing (Old Red Lion, Off West End Award Nomination for Best Director).

He also formerly worked as Resident Director for Imagine Nation on Anne: The Diaries of Anne Frank On Stage at Theater Amsterdam, HOME Manchester, the National Theatre and at the Orange Tree Theatre.

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