According to press materials, the play explores the National Health Service, one of the UK's best-loved and most fiercely debated institutions that offers free health care to all in Britain.
This May Hurt A Bit opens at Bolton's Octagon Theatre March 25, 2014, for a run through April 5, then tours before beginning performances at London's St James Theatre May 12, prior to an official opening May 19, for a run through June 21.
The production is directed by Out of Joint artistic director Max Stafford-Clark, whose experience of a major stroke in 2006, plus years of subsequent treatment, inspired playwright Stella Feehily (Max's wife) to research and write the play.
A month after stating, "we will stop the top-down reorganisation of the NHS that has got in the way of patient care," the government launched the biggest top-down reorganisation the service had seen in its 65-year history. The play explores one family’s journey through the digestive system of the NHS, and asks: what is the prognosis?
In partnership with producer Karl Sydow, early bookers will have access to seats from £5, and Stafford-Clark comments, "We are determined that this dazzling and far-reaching new play will be affordable to as many people as possible, even with the financial constraints of a commercial theatre in London with just 300 seats. So we are being bold. We are making 500 seats available across the run for £5 each and a further 1000 seats available for £14 each. This would not be possible without the support of Karl Sydow, to whom we are very grateful."
Feehily's previous plays for Out of Joint include Duck, O Go My Man, Dreams of Violence and Bang Bang Bang. Sydow has recently brought Out of Joint's productions of Our Country's Good to the St James Theatre and A Dish of Tea with Dr Johnson into the West End.
To book tickets, contact the box office on 0844 264 2140 or visit stjamestheatre.co.uk for more details.