SICK is a funny, entertaining and at times tragic show about the impact of austerity on the National Health Service. As scriptwriter and performer Shey Hargreaves draws on her real life experience as a receptionist in a busy A&E unit, we find out how government funding cuts have impacted on patients, their families and friends and the staff who care for them.
Amidst the organised chaos of the emergency department, with queues in the waiting room, targets to meet phlegm and bodily fluids aplenty, Shey attempts to remain calm and imperturbable. SICK gives us a behind-the-scenes insight into the relationships, protocols, and bureaucracy of the NHS and how it works. At the same time we see glimpses of Shey’s personal life and her own coming-out story, leaving her boyfriend, meeting her wife and becoming a parent.
Littered with well timed jokes and frequently laugh out loud funny, whilst telling tragically sad stories, SICK is a bizarrely charming and entertaining show. A bittersweet study of what makes us human, and a funny and approachable call to political arms told in Hargreaves’ appealing, warm and honest style.
‘perfect for our times, and thanks to Hargreaves undeniable talent, a really enjoyable night out’ Outline magazine
Shey said, ‘During my years working on an emergency ward I saw the impact of government changes in health policy and what that meant for staff, patients and the NHS. When I left I decided to write about it, bringing issues down to individual true stories that help us understand what’s happing on a bigger scale. At the same time I wanted the show to be funny and entertaining as that actually helps get the serious point over. I don’t consider I’ve done my job unless people have had a Right Good Time’.