Bigotry and belonging and a cat called Roger... A National Health Story.

Bed 6, Oncology ward, a local NHS hospital.

Behind the blue curtain - Daniel, a refugee from Eritrea, now training to be a nurse; Rahmiya, a second-generation immigrant Muslim doctor; and David, elderly white cancer patient and discredited academic, fretting about his cat, Roger. Over time, carers and cared-for become an unlikely, dysfunctional family.

But as life ebbs, reality splinters. Glimpsed in the cracks: the Nazi euthanasia programme, a burns clinic in Africa, a cross-Channel human shipment. And drip by drip David’s far-right ideology seeps out, as he prepares his final incendiary lecture (assuming he lives long enough to give it).  Bonds break, and suddenly both Daniel and Rahmiya’s right to call the UK home seems to hang on a dead man’s lips.

Pipeline Theatre, known for indelible characters and immersive design, takes you into the dark corners with unexpected humour and poignancy, busting taboos while offering its love-letter to the NHS.

Ages 14+

Running Time 90 mins

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About the Company:

In five years Pipeline Theatre has produced five new studio plays and one community play, spanning five national tours, and two Edinburgh Fringes, exploring fostering, immigration, the online sex industry, drone warfare, and the use of AI in aged care. We produce character driven new writing, seeking to unpeel complex social issues, with nuance, humour, indelible human stories, and immersive design. We’ve been nominated for the Carol Tambor Best of Edinburgh Award and recently broke box-office records at the Drum, Plymouth Theatre Royal.