NYRSYS 

Theatr Genedlaethol Cymru

By Bethan Marlow

Songs by Rhys Taylor and Bethan Marlow

Original idea by Bethan Marlow and Sara Lloyd

Director Sara Lloyd

Lighting Design Ceri James 

Photography by Kristina Banholzer

Additional photography by Lucy Hall

In the year the NHS turned 70, this Welsh-language musical took a look behind the scenes of a busy cancer ward in a hospital in modern Wales, with a script and songs created from interviews with real nurses. This new play shone a light on nurses’ experiences — the challenges they face in their day-today work and the mischief, sisterhood and sense of vocation that sustains them. A heartfelt depiction of the life and work of these real-life heroes who care for us and our loved ones within a healthcare system that’s under perpetual strain.

'Enhancing these strong performances is some equally strong design. Lucy Hall turns the stage into the mock-up of a ward, deliberately designed to allow foreground and background action. Ceri James takes full advantage of this, using ‘fluorescence’ to light the front and backlighting to cast the background in shadow.'

Wales Arts Review