75 years of the NHS to be celebrated with special performance in Manchester

The performance is part of a nationwide creative programme

By Natalie Rees | Last updated 7 November 2023

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This year marks the 75th anniversary of the National Health Service and this remarkable milestone is set to be celebrated by a special one-off performance at Manchester’s Aviva Studios on 23 November.

Our National Health Stories Live is part of a nationwide creative programme to honour the voices of NHS staff, telling their stories in their own words and creating artwork that reflects what it means to be part of the NHS in 2023.

Led by artistic director Kwame Kwei-Armah, the event will bring together new music, poetry and dance, which has been created over the last six months by NHS staff from across England. 

Faces from across the service will be joined on stage by a professional cast and band, with words by playwright Chris Bush and music composed by Ruth Chan.

Director Kwame Kwei-Armah says: “Our National Health Stories Live is a moment for us all to come together to support the people that support us when it matters.

“There are so many contributions I can’t wait to share – a trolley ballet created by the porters of Addenbrokes hospital; a choir from Derby & Burton that have learned about themselves and each other through singing together; choreography from University Hospital Leicester created by medical students and patients.

Aviva Studios
(Credit: David Levene)

“We have beautiful new music by Ruth Chan and words from Chris Bush that capture the characters and experiences that we’ve encountered, but Our National Health Stories comes out of the art created by the NHS every day. It’s a celebration built from the ground up.”

The production in Manchester follows a day-long, nationwide relay of performances live in hospitals and streamed online.

Tickets for Our National Health Stories Live are free and available here. The event takes place from 7.30pm at Aviva Studios.