About the show
21-22 July 2018/ Newport
NHS70: AS LONG AS THE HEART BEATS
National Theatre Wales
PART OF THE NHS70 FESTIVAL
Outpatient Department, Royal Gwent Hospital, Cardiff Road, Newport NP20 2UB
21-22 July 2018, times vary.
Over a year ago, National Theatre Wales asked the people of this country to share their stories and memories of the NHS.
Gathered from across Wales and the NHS, we’ve woven these individual threads into an immersive and engaging theatrical production that will take place in the Outpatient Department of the Royal Gwent Hospital in Newport, featuring specially-composed music and interactive elements.
Taking us behind the scenes, As Long as the Hearts Beats journeys back through the first 70 years of the NHS and looks ahead to the next seven decades.
There are just ten opportunities to see this life-affirming show which has care and compassion at its heart, performed in the heart of a living, working hospital. So please turn off your mobile phones and wash your hands, it’s visiting time.
Co-directed by Marcus Romer and Ben Tinniswood
Original music by Tic Ashfield
Age guidance: 12+
NHS Employees Ticket Offer
As NTW’s small way of saying ‘thank you’ to all NHS staff, we’re offering you the chance to buy £10 concession rate tickets for the following shows: Cotton Fingers, Peggy’s Song, The Stick Maker Tales, For All I Care, Come Back Tomorrow and As Long As The Heart Beats.
To take advantage of the offer
Online – book tickets as normal, selecting the ‘NHS offer’ option
By phone or in person – quote ‘NHS Offer’ when booking
Then simply bring your NHS Staff ID card or similar with you to the performance.
Please note offer is subject to availability and cannot be used in conjunction with any other offer.
Carli De La Hughes
Gaynor Morgan Rees
Co-Directors Marcus Romer and Ben Tinniswood
Composer Tic Ashfield
Designer Becky Davies
Movement Director Jennifer Fletcher
Design Assistant Cory Shipp
Hospital Liaison Sarah Goodey (Gwent Arts in Health & ABUHB)
Royal Gwent Hospital
The Royal Gwent Hospital is situated on the western edge of Newport Town Centre on the A48 main road to Cardiff. Please be aware that these directions may be subjected to diverted routes due to the ongoing road works in the centre of Newport.
Newport railway station is well-served by regular rail services eastwards from Cardiff and Swansea and west bound from Bristol. For up to date train times and to plan your journey, please visit – thetrainline.com
Walking to Royal Gwent Hospital from Newport railway station (0.9 miles) will take you just over 20 minutes. The hospital is signposted from within the town centre and if using google maps the postcode to enter is NP20 2UB. Once you reach the hospital, there will be on-site NTW signage to guide you to the correct entrance to the performance at the Outpatients Department.
Should you prefer not to, or not be able to walk for that length of time, then there is a taxi rank situated immediately beside the railway station. Travelling by taxi from the station will take approximately 5 minutes.
Please view the Newport City Council website for information regarding bus timetables and journey planners.
Please view Google Maps for directions, but please note that parking within the hospital ground is strictly for patients or those visiting patient only. However, a ‘drop-off’ point is available for wheelchair users, or those with limited mobility. For more information and to discuss any access needs with us please contact
Extra parking is available and accessible via Mendalgief Road. To access Mendalgief Road, travelling away from the city centre, continue to go past the Royal Gwent Hospital (on your right), keep in the left-hand lane and you will come to a set of traffic lights. Turn left at the lights and take the second left into Mendalgief Car Park. If that car park is full, go to the end of the car park to the exit, turn right and go to the end of the road. Directly opposite you will see the entrance to the Whiteheads Car park which is also available to visitors of the hospital.
Travelling from the M4 Tredegar Park direction, continue along Cardiff Road with Belle Vue Park on your left. At the traffic lights, keep to the right-hand lane. Turn right, then second left into Mendalgief Road car park.
Saturday 21st July
The following performances will by BSL interpreted by Tony Evans
What to Expect
As Long as the Heart Beats is a site-specific performance that has specially created for the unique setting of the Out Patients Department of Royal Gwent Hospital.
The show will be performed 5 times each on Saturday the 21st & Sunday the 22nd of July as follows: 11:00 am, 12:30 pm, 3:10 pm, 4:40 pm and 6:10 pm.
Each performance will last just over an hour and has a capacity of just 30 people, so advance booking is recommended.
On arrival at the Outpatients Patients Department there will be a National Theatre Wales ticket desk where you will be welcomed to the performance and then asked to take a seat in the waiting area.
Once the performance starts, the audience will be split into small groups and each group will be guided around and through the department, visiting a number of rooms along the way. Each room will contain something special, there will also be music along the way and on this journey the audience will meet different characters who will tell their stories. Some of the stories you will hear are moving, some funny and some thought-provoking, but all share the common theme of quietly sharing the celebration of the NHS as an amazing institution.
As the performance comes to an end, you will be guided back to where you started, and who knows, there may even be a refreshment waiting for you.