Blood Orange writer and performer Tania Amsel with producer Ameena Hamid at Terri Paddock's post-show talk at the Old Red Lion Theatre

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How worried are you about the myriad pressures on the NHS today? Were you be thinking about the future of the NHS when you go to the ballot box?

After watching the 2016 junior doctors’ strikes, and seeing how the job was affecting her own junior doctor flatmate, Tania Amsel was worried enough to write Blood Orange, the one-woman play she also performs, which shows how the job affects one junior doctor in Swansea A&E at Christmas.

She and her producers programmed a December season at the Old Red Lion Theatre, with the Christmas timing in mind and aware that, like most years, there would inevitably be another “winter crisis” for the NHS. Then an election was called and the play took on even greater timeliness.

So, after her very first performance, Tania asked me to chair a post-show discussion last week with a specific aim: get people remembering what’s really at stake with the NHS in the general election.

“The NHS is about as safe with [Boris Johnson] as a pet hamster would be with a hungry python” – Former Conservative Prime Minister John Major

Please watch and share the full discussion below. This one was as much about what the audience had to say as any of us onstage. And the packed audience included several doctors and other NHS staff as well as the health correspondent of a national newspaper.

We may not have got the result we wanted at the election. But beyond our dashed electoral hopes, I hope that you’ll get to Blood Orange regardless. Whoever is in charge, this remains a heartwarming piece, beautifully performed, and should be seen.

Blood Orange runs until 4 January 2020 at the Old Red Lion Theatre, 418 St John Street, London EC1V 4NJ. Tickets priced £10-16. CLICK HERE TO PURCHASE!

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Terri Paddock runs the Terri Paddock Group, which provides content and social media marketing services for theatre clients across channels including MyTheatreMates.com, StageFaves.com, Stage Talk and TerriPaddock.com. Previously,
Terri Paddock founded WhatsOnStage.com and the WhatsOnStage Awards, running the company and its events from 1996 to 2013. Terri is also the author of two novels, Come Clean and Beware the Dwarfs, and has previously written for the Evening Standard, Independent, The Times and other national publications. She is renowned for her 'legendary' post-show Q&As and also produces the annual Critics' Circle Theatre Awards and acts as a digital, content strategy and event consultant for theatre, producers and other clients. She tweets about theatre at @TerriPaddock.
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Terri Paddock runs the Terri Paddock Group, which provides content and social media marketing services for theatre clients across channels including MyTheatreMates.com, StageFaves.com, Stage Talk and TerriPaddock.com. Previously,
Terri Paddock founded WhatsOnStage.com and the WhatsOnStage Awards, running the company and its events from 1996 to 2013. Terri is also the author of two novels, Come Clean and Beware the Dwarfs, and has previously written for the Evening Standard, Independent, The Times and other national publications. She is renowned for her 'legendary' post-show Q&As and also produces the annual Critics' Circle Theatre Awards and acts as a digital, content strategy and event consultant for theatre, producers and other clients. She tweets about theatre at @TerriPaddock.

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