NHS cel­e­brates 70 years with month-long fes­ti­val

Western Mail - - FEATURE - For more in­for­ma­tion about and to book tick­ets, www.na­tion­althe­atre­wales.org. Fol­low Na­tional The­atre Wales via @ntwtweets / #NTWNHS70

ON July 5, 1948, one of the big­gest ideas ever to come out of Wales was born. The brain­child of Ebbw Vale MP and the UK’s Health Min­is­ter Aneurin “Nye” Be­van, the Na­tional Health Ser­vice was a rev­o­lu­tion­ary idea, formed along with the Wel­fare State dur­ing Bri­tain’s aus­tere post-war pe­riod, and un­der the prin­ci­ple of col­lec­tive re­spon­si­bil­ity.

Na­tional The­atre Wales will cel­e­brate the Na­tional Health Ser­vice’s 70th birth­day in July 2018 with a month-long, multi-art­form NHS70 Fes­ti­val, in­spired by the staff and pa­tients of this unique in­sti­tu­tion.

This coun­try-wide fes­ti­val will fea­ture pro­duc­tions and events made and per­formed in lo­ca­tions across Wales, in­clud­ing hos­pi­tals, schools, hy­drother­apy pools and arts venues – all cel­e­brat­ing one of Wales’ best ex­ports.

A per­for­mance will also take place in Tre­de­gar, the birth­place of the NHS’ founder, Aneurin “Nye” Be­van. This pan-Wales fes­ti­val which pays trib­ute to the NHS will fea­ture pro­duc­tions and events, tak­ing in new writ­ing, sen­sory and im­mer­sive

the­atre, dance, mu­sic and live com­edy.

Book your tick­ets, sing along with Gruff Rhys and join NTW as it cel­e­brates the birth of one of Wales’ best ex­ports.

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