Comedian Mark Thomas is due to make an appearance at the Theatre Royal Bury St Edmunds next month with his touring show Check Up: Our NHS @ 70, based on a series of interviews with leading experts in and on the NHS, and residencies in hospitals and surgeries.
The 54-year-old has been working with director Nicolas Kent and uses his own demise to explore the state we’re in.
The show aims to “take the pulse” of the NHS and was devised after spending a month in residency at the Imperial Group, which is four NHS hospitals in West London.
Drawing from his experiences shadowing consultants, doctors and nurses, combined with a series of live interviews with academics and practitioners, Mark is looking at the NHS as it is and exploring where it might go next, all in his raw and angry comedy style.
He has been performing comedy for 30 years, has written five books and produced a number of shows including six series of The Mark Thomas Comedy Product and three Dispatches, both for Channel 4; Five series of The Manifesto for BBC Radio 4; and he has been commissioned to write a new show for the Royal Opera House.
He describes his work as “a mix of stand-up, theatre, journalism and the odd bout of performance art. I am 54 years old and don’t care if it sounds pretentious”
Check Up: Our NHS @ 70 is at Theatre Royal Bury St Edmunds for one night only, Wednesday, February 20.