Gruff Rhys performs 'No Profit In Pain' outside Cardiff Castle to officially launch National Theatre Wales’ NHS70 Festival
Welsh singer Gruff Rhys performed his new song, No Profit in Pain today outside Cardiff Castle to officially launch National Theatre Wales’ NHS70 Festival.
National Theatre Wales commissioned Gruff Rhys to write a brand-new song paying tribute to the NHS during its anniversary year. No Profit in Pain was released today (5 July 2018), the actual day that the NHS celebrates its 70th birthday.
Earlier today, Gruff, along with National Theatre Wales’ Artistic Director, Kully Thiarai, gathered under the Aneurin Bevan Statue (the Welsh Labour MP from Tredegar who was responsible for creating the NHS in 1948) on Cardiff’s Queen Street for a photo opportunity to officially launch National Theatre Wales’s NHS70 Festival.
National Theatre Wales will celebrate the National Health Service’s 70th birthday throughout July with a month-long, multi-artform festival, inspired by the staff and patients of this unique institution. This country-wide festival will feature productions and events made and performed in locations across Wales, all celebrating one of Wales’ best exports.
Kully Thiarai, Artistic Director at NTW said:-
“It’s great to have an opportunity to invite Gruff back to collaborate with us here at National Theatre Wales to be part of our NHS70 festival. A festival that seeks to celebrate the NHS - a much loved institution that is close to so many people's hearts. An idea born in Wales and made universal by Aneurin Bevan from Tredegar. This anniversary is our chance to pay tribute to a great Welsh story and thank ‘Nye’ for his creation, and most importantly to say thank you and celebrate the staff and volunteers of our unique NHS who pick us up when we fall.”
“The NHS is something that we can too easily take for granted. It’s been there for me throughout my life and has also saved many of my family members lives. In that sense it means more than anything I could ever convey in a pop song. For the song I’ve focused on the battle to keep the NHS as a free service in public ownership. Privatisation is creeping in and it will be a death knell for the NHS we all love and cherish if we are not vigilant.”
NHS70 Festival productions and events will be performed in venues all over Wales, including hospitals, schools, memorial halls and arts venues in Carmarthen, Welshpool, Wrexham, Bangor and Tredegar, birthplace of the NHS’ founder, Aneurin Bevan, all as part of the festival.
Aneira Thomas, the first baby ever to be born under the NHS and Patron of the NHS70 Festival said:-
“I think National Theatre Wales NHS70 Festival is a wonderful idea. It’s great to see the arts community celebrate this unique institution with us all. As patron of the festival, I can’t wait to see some of these some of the shows they have planned which all pay tribute to the staff, volunteers and patients of our wonderful NHS”.
You can listen to No Profit in Pain via http://bit.ly/NoProfitInPain
A link to the No Profit in Pain can be viewed here http://bit.ly/NoProfitInPainVID
For further information about NTW’s NHS70 Festvial, click here https://www.nationaltheatrewales.org/
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