The Language of Kindness

based on the book by christie watson

adapted and directed by sasha milavic davies with james yeatman

(in development)

If it's taken a very long time to get a memoir written by a nurse, then it was certainly worth the wait. I have rarely read anything that has moved me as much or taken me by the hand so confidently into an unknown world, teeming with life and haunted by death... A remarkable book that I will be pressing on everyone I love.”
- The Sunday Telegraph

Christie Watson’s bestselling memoir The Language of Kindness was written after a career spanning twenty years as a nurse in the NHS. It was published in 2018 and was chosen as BBC Radio 4 Book of the Week and Guardian, Daily Telegraph and Sunday Times Book of the Year before its paperback publication earlier this year. It has since sold over 200,000 copies and been translated into 23 languages.


2020 is International Year of the Nurse and Midwife, as well as the bicentenary of the birth of Florence Nightingale: to mark this, Wayward Productions is bringing Christie Watson’s book to life on stage. Director Sasha Milavic Davies and dramaturg James Yeatman will lead an ensemble cast to devise a piece that will celebrate nurses as the unsung heroes of the healthcare system. It will be moving and at times romantic, without shying away from the harsh realities of our struggling NHS. By using physical theatre and the language of gesture, we will create a piece that evokes the intense daily rituals of a highly trained army of nurses, whilst also giving life to emotions that are difficult to articulate in words.