DOCTORS and nurses from Solihull Hospital are swapping scrubs for sequins in Life & Times – a glittering one-off music and dance extravaganza celebrating 60 years of the NHS.
Life & Times tells the story of the NHS over six decades of change, from 1948 through to the present day.
The cast is drawn from staff in a wide range of roles at the Hospital, from support staff such as telephonists and secretaries to consultants and ward sisters.
Members of the cast have given up their evenings and weekends over the last nine months to prepare for the big night, with a professional choreographer, a former West End leading man and a vocal coach, trained at Birmingham’s Conservatoire, teaming up to put the cast of 50 through their paces.
Mark Goldman, chief executive of Heart of England NHS Foundation Trust, said: “At Heart of England we’re passionate about the arts in all forms.
“Whether its artwork brightening up the walls of a ward or music in the main entrance to greet our visitors, we believe that the arts can create a welcoming environment for our patients and visitors.
“We wanted to celebrate the 60th anniversary of the NHS with a production that incorporated these elements, so devised Life & Times.
“With just a week before the curtain goes up, the cast are making the final preparations for what will be a spectacular show and we are extremely proud of our multi talented staff.”
Life & Times takes place in the ICC on Tuesday December 16, and just 100 of the 1,500 tickets now remain.
For further information about the performance log onto the production’s website at www.life-and-times.com or call 0121 424 0973.