Winner Idea Production, Offies 2022
An Offie-winning ensemble piece for a world in need of compassion
The Language of Kindness is a joy-filled celebration of nurses and front-line healthcare workers, which has resonated with audiences everywhere following the COVID-19 pandemic. It was first performed in 2021, in the very first week that theatres were allowed to open post-lockdown.
Based on Christie Watson’s bestselling memoir of her twenty years as a nurse, the ensemble-style show brings to life the realities, the challenges, heartbreaks and incomparable joys of working for the NHS and supporting families as they face their best and worst moments. A socially distanced production about the tactile work of nurses where the company never touch.
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Photo: Hayley Egan
Offies Winner 2022:Offie Awards – link
The Language of Kindness
“this is complete theatre that hits every mark”
“Wayward Productions’ superb ensemble cast needs to be seen”
★★★★The Reviews Hub
“The ensemble cast, by turns physical and thoughtful, is always engaging, bringing out the highs and lows of life as nurses”
★★★★West End Best Friend
“a remarkable piece of theatre”
“moving tribute to the grit and skill of nurses”
★★★★★A Younger Theatre
“a beautiful love letter to the hearts and souls who save lives on a day-to-day basis”
“moving memorial of nursing… well performed by an ensemble of six, the show vividly juxtaposes a nurse’s brisk caring efficiency with private turmoil”The Guardian
|Based on the book by||Christie Watson|
|Adaptation and direction||Sasha Milavic Davies and James Yeatman|
|Set and costume design||Zoë Hurwitz|
|Lighting design||Jess Bernberg|
|Sound design||Gareth Fry|
|Video design||Hayley Egan|
Co-produced by Wayward Productions with Complicité, Assembly Hall Theatre Tunbridge Wells, Warwick Arts Centre in association with Shoreditch Town Hall and Guy Chapman.
Generously supported by Arts Council England, Didymus Charity, D’Oyly Carte Charitable Trust, Empathy Arts, Garrick Charitable Trust, Golsoncott Foundation, Leche Trust, Maria Björnson Memorial Fund, Newby Trust, Noël Coward Foundation, Royal Victoria Hall Foundation and Sylvia Waddilove Foundation.