The Heart of Adrian Lovett by Brave Badger
The Heart of Adrian Lovett
Since 2012 the NHS has been targeted by profit-making companies keen to take advantage of a new marketised NHS. 84% of the British public are against this privatisation, as are the medical professionand the oppositioneven the coalition, sometimes, sort of seem to be against it
But the irrepressible TV personality, Adrian Lovett, is happily enjoying a top tier, Level One National Health Service (service). He needs a heart transplant operation, he needs to boost his flagging career and he's got the money to pay for it.
The operation is being broadcast over national TV and you, as the studio audience, will get to witness live the delights of a new gleamingly commercial NHS and Adrian's drunken romp through it as we explore the shiny new world of a Nationally Outsourced Health Service.
Founded in 2013 this is Brave Badger's third show, following on from 'Abe & Hans' at Theatre503and 'The Four Last Things' with Theatre Delicatessen. We create innovative, experimental work with a social or political conscience.
We are being mentored by Ridiculusmus Theatre Company and our theatre strives for a similar level of silly/seriousness with theatricality and elements of the surreal.
We are collaborating with Allyson Pollock, professor of public health research and policy (QMU) who is leading the fight to reinstate the NHS and Doctor Jessica Jameson who is studying a MSC in health care systems. Verbatim techniques are being used to channel their words and ideas at key places in the show and they are contributing to our post-show debates.
Brave Badger is formed of Mark Knightley, James Maclaren and Harriet Madeley. Design is by Lauren Pratt.
The Heart of Adrian Lovett is written and directed by Mark Knightley.
The cast includes; James Maclaren, Harriet Madeley, Kate Dylan and Jamie Partridge.
Few people realise that the NHS in England has actually already been abolished; it is no longer a legal requirement for the government to provide services on the NHS and the organisation has become, in effect, merely a logo.
The founding principles of the NHS have gradually been eroded over 25 years by successive governments whose members have financial interests in the shares of private health companies. These aggressive, for-profit corporations have been allowed to infiltrate the public health care system and now, since the passing of the Health and Social Care Act in 2012 are deeply entrenched, siphoning off public money to make profit for share-holders. Medicine in England no longer concerns itself with universal health care for those that need it, but instead is now directly focused on profit.
The American system of health care is very quickly establishing itself here. This system does not work. It does not work for the countless members of society who can't afford medical help and it does not work financially. Health care spending is around 18% of GDP in America against a typical European average of 8 or 9%.
This government is trying to create an atmosphere of distrust and fear around the NHS. The more it can discredit it, the more receptive the public will be to change within it. More and more people will be forced into paying for private services and less and less care will be available on the NHS. Doctors will start to look to profits and money making rather than being patient-centric and inevitably more and more vulnerable people will not have access to adequate health care.
Wecanafford to give everyone world class health care, but only if we stop selling our assets to international companies and paying huge interest rates on Private Finance Initiatives. A re-
nationalisation of the NHS would also, save a vast fortune on the billing, bureaucracy and contract lawyers generated when private companies hunt for profits.
It is a scandal that has not been fully recognised and a narrative that none of the main parties want to discuss. It is a shocking example of greed and neo-liberalism corrupting the altruistic values that the National Health Service was founded on and we think that's worth exploring.
The Black Box, Theatre Delicatessen (View)
119 Farringdon Road
London EC1R 3DA
|Minimum Age: 18|
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