Accidents and Emergencies review at Lost Theatre, London – ‘interesting experiment in composition’
Hospital has long been a fertile source of drama on television, but it rarely ventures onto the live stage. Accidents and Emergencies not only places the action firmly on stage, but adds music and lyrics to create four very different musical theatre vignettes. With inspiration taken from anonymous accounts of experiences in and around UK emergency rooms, each story varies in both style and content.
Death and Chocolate by Chris Bush and Matt Winkworth uses the vending machine as its focus and explores the human traffic that passes by in a virtually through-sung format. Silent Night by Jennifer Whyte presents a vaguely dystopian view of life after the collapse of the NHS in a classical musical theatre style, while Sick! by Gus Gowland, with its faintly rock score, is a romantic comedy about how a nurse deals with an amorous drunk. Beyond by Rebecca Applin mines the spiritual dilemma of a nurse who is unsure about her future on an A&E ward.
The production showcases a selection of promising new writing talent while four versatile actors take on no less than 20 characters, negotiating every drama from childbirth to coma with insight and invention.