Nurse Steph Flanagan wrote and directed her first play ‘Egg White and Oxygen’ to celebrate 70 years of the NHS. The stage drama transports the audience back to nursing times in the 1980’s, when as a trainee nurse dons her uniform for the first time. Now the play is to return for 2 more performances.
This quick-witted play features a collection of anecdotes and stories from members of staff back in the days of mullets, legwarmers and good taste in music; back to a time when you had to stand when Sister walked in, students were never ever seen on the Consultant’s round, Mrs Brown in the bathroom was your favourite patient, and the kitchens at Kingston General made fresh scones daily. The days of Chemico, sleek, Cardexes, and ‘Egg white and Oxygen’.
Steph Flanagan, Writer/Director said: “I am delighted that due to the huge demand of the play we had no other choice but to show ‘Egg White and Oxygen’ again. I never expected the response we received, but on reflection it perhaps was rather apt it was written in the year of the tremendous celebrations of the anniversary of 70 years of the NHS, and I wanted to portray how in my 30 years nursing has changed massively. I also wrote the play in the memory of my dad after he had passed away. I had never written a full-length play before, and they say you should write about what you know. I am immensely proud of my nursing career I have worked in the same Trust and seen many changes. The Trust has nurtured and encouraged me every step of the way and the money raised will support the Trust’s WISHH charity and Martin House Children’s Hospice, my dad’s favourite charity. I am proud and in absolute awe of the support shown to myself and the cast. Get your tickets quick with all proceeds going to two worthwhile charities.”
Both performances will take place at the Ryder Club, Coltman Street, on Bank Holiday Monday 26th August matinee performance starting at 2pm, and on Tuesday 27th 6pm.
Tickets are £13 each which includes a hot buffet, and are available by emailing Steph direct firstname.lastname@example.org
Funds raised from the first shows have gone towards buying a portable breast scanner at Castle Hill Hospital.
WISHH – Working Independently to Support Hull Hospitals – was set up in 2016 to support Hull University Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust, which runs the hospitals.
WISHH is currently funding the redecoration of the children’s ward and high dependency unit at Hull Royal Infirmary and has just arranged delivery of a mini Tesla, donated by Tesla car owners in Hull and the East Riding, to transport children from Hull Women and Children’s Hospital to operating theatres ahead of surgery.
[Lisa Whitton – WISHH]