Hospital patients take centre stage
Patients from St George’s Hospital, Tooting, took part in a unique arts project which saw 30 performances simultaneously take place across London.
Home saw actors and actresses create mini performances based on the lives and experiences of people living in the chosen locations.
Actor Darren Hart (pictured) has previously spoken to patients on the hospital’s Wolfson Ward and translated their experiences into a one man performance loosely based around the format of TV show Deal or No Deal.
Darren arrived for his performance as a bogus TV repairman called Maintain and Entertain and ‘disconnected’ the TV in the patient lounge before launching into his own form of entertainment to keep patients amused.
He used Deal or No Deal’s prize boxes to reveal patients’ experiences in a light-hearted sketch based around the senses of sound, taste and touch. For example, the music box included a compilation CD of patients’ favourite songs.
Darren said: “It was great fun and I got some good feedback from patients. This sort of performance keeps me on my toes and it was great to be part of a London-wide project happening simultaneously.”
A complete screening of all the pieces will be shown at Theatre Royal Stratford East on Saturday 9 and Sunday 10 November 2013.