WHERE IT HURTS
Jeremy Weller’s residency with NHS Scotland culminated with his extremely powerful and moving Edinburgh Festival Production in 2019: ‘Where it Hurts’, which was awarded 5 star reviews and amazing reactions from audiences.
Where it Hurts – an hour-and-20-minutes long performance involves members of different communities from across Edinburgh and some former staff of the NHS and those currently training to work in the NHS.
Scenes include real-life examples of mental ill health, suicide, addiction, domestic violence, neglect, family breakdown, childhood trauma, isolation, illness, self-harm and of often having no one to turn to accept the staff of the NHS. The performance explores why individuals chose to spend their lives caring for others.
The performances are deeply personal, questioning the idea of what ‘care’ is whilst exploring how those who most need it live complex lives and are often not able to say what it is that really affects them. The other major theme that is explored in the work is the incredible dedication and sacrifices that are made by NHS staff to help those in the community who are most in need of support.
More about the working process and behind the scene footage:
Skinny Review– ★★★★★ 14 Aug 2018 | Deborah Klayman
“Raw, honest personal experiences of NHS care (Skinny Review).”
Edinburgh Festivals Magazine Review– ★★★★★ 17 Aug 2018 | Dominic Corr
“Regardless of your political or social alliance, the NHS is the lifeblood of this nation.”
Telegraph Review– ★★★★ 22 Aug 2018 | Dominic Cavendish
“ It’s a raw, volatile experience – the chaotic legacy of psychological scars and societal ills permeates the air.”
The Wee Review– ★★★★★ 16 Aug 2018 | Claire Wood
“ A passionate, searing tribute to the NHS by Grassmarket Projects. This is a stunning piece of theatre, precious precisely because it’s not what you see everyday at the Fringe.”
The Independent Review– ★★★★★ 08 Aug 2018 | Lyn Gardner
“ This is messy theatre which deliberately reflects the messiness and chaos of people’s lives, and an NHS increasingly under such pressure that it can only patch people up because it no longer has time to listen.”