Anyone would think that there is a general election on the horizon with the number of overtly political plays suddenly flooding the theatrical market.
Latest to open this week is Theatre Delicatessen and Brave Badger’s new immersive comedy, The Heart of Adrian Lovett which explores the privatisation of the NHS.
It is being performed in the three weeks leading up to the election and the play uses forum theatre techniques, taking place within a theatricalised setting of an operating theatre, to probe the state of national healthcare.
The NHS is being dismantled, patients are being turned away, public anger is boiling over and a cull of the population’s geriatrics has been mooted.
TV personality, Adrian Lovett, however, is happily enjoying a top tier, Level One, National Health Service service.
He needs a heart transplant and will be broadcasting the operation live in a desperate attempt to boost his flagging career.
Celebrity meets the NHS in Brave Badger’s surreal and satirical romp through the privatisation scandal.
James Maclaren plays the title role alongside Harriet Madeley (Doctors), Tom Ross Williams (Hustle) and Alice Henley (Rome, Holby City).
The show is written and directed by Mark Knightley with medical advice from Professor Allyson Pollock and Dr Jessica Jameson, with theatrical mentoring from Ridiculusmus Theatre Company.
The Heart of Adrian Lovett plays at Theatre Delicatessen, Farringdon Road from April 29-May 9.