New play on geriatric hospital ward, hospital closure & nhs

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Anyone see Alan Bennett on Andrew Marr Show about his new play, Allelujah, that is due to open in London and run through September?

Hard to believe but I suppose if it brings the issue of the plight of old people in hospital to theatre-going public, and does so in a beneficial light, so much the better???
Snippet from the Guardian :


The new Bridge theatre in London, which only opened in October, is continuing to shape up as one of the hottest tickets in town under the stewardship of Nick Starr and Nicholas Hytner.

Most intriguing of all is the unveiling of a new play by Alan Bennett. Allelujah! will be set in a hospital on the edge of the Pennines, with a documentary crew arriving to film life on the ward just as it is threatened with closure due to “efficiency drives”. With an old people’s choir in the mix, it all sounds as if a BBC Two adaptation is inevitable, which will make a change from the channel’s ongoing obsession with filming people in historical clothes eating a meal from 1956. I’m delighted that Bennett is turning his eye to the NHS. Jo Brand’s sitcom Getting On took inspiration from a similar fountain and contained a wealth of honesty about the bureaucratic horrors of working on a hospital ward, as well as loads of excellent jokes.



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