AS COVENTRY’S cultural venues start to reopen from Monday May 17, City of Culture finally gets underway with one of the first events being a celebration of nurses and frontline healthcare workers.
Warwick Art Centre’s The Language of Kindness, Thursday May 20 to Saturday May 22, is a socially distanced ensemble-style piece of dance theatre based on Christie Watson’s bestselling memoir recalling her 20 years as a nurse.
Originally scheduled to visit Coventry last year, the production has taken on a new emotional power following the arrival of a global pandemic, it brings to life the realities, the challenges, heartbreaks and joys of working for the NHS and supporting families as they face their best and worst moments. (Box Office: 024 7652 4524, www.warwickartscentre.co.uk)
On May 19 there is also a chance to see a working rehearsal of the production, free to NHS staff, frontline health workers, university and secondary school students (email requests to firstname.lastname@example.org). The Costa Award-winning writer also chats to author and doctor Sam Guglani about her days as a nurse, the NHS, and her literary career in a post-show talk on May 20.
With the Turner Prize 2021 shortlist now announced including for the first time five artist collectives, tickets for this event at The Herbert and dozens more brilliant City of Culture events are now available to book here. They range from art exhibitions to theatre, dancehall sessions and the UK Asian Film Festival later this month.