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Alphabetti Theatre, in partnership with the Royal College of Nursing Research Forum and Northumbria University Nursing Department present the World Premier of
The Nurse’s Station

Written by Ruth Lyon & Ali Pritchard

Directed by Ali Pritchard

Tues 10th – Sat 28th September 2024

Times: 7:30pm plus 1pm Saturday Matinees

Tickets: Pay What You Feel (10th – 14th September)

                 £15 - £3 (17th – 28th September)

Age Recommendation: 14+

Access performances:

Captioned: Wednesday 18th

Enhanced Touch Tour: 6:30pm – 7.00pm on Tuesday 24th

Audio described: Wednesday 25th

Relaxed performances: all Saturday Matinees

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A new folk gig theatre show created by an award-winning creative team, crafted from real-life stories of seasoned and newly trained nurses.

A nurses' station never sleeps. One person hands over the last ten hours of their life, their shift, to the next, continuing a centuries-old chain of life, death, family, friendship, change, and memory. Like a timeless folk song passed through generations, this show captures the vibrant hive of the nurses' station—embracing love, laughter, and every challenge in between. Crafted from real-life stories of seasoned and newly trained nurses, it’s a celebration of their enduring spirit and dedication, told through dark humour and amazing music.

Praise for previous work:


“Under Pritchard’s nimble direction, the piece offers light and dark in equal measure, laced with both broad humour and dry wit.” The Stage, 2024


“Pritchard never lets the pace sag, while giving the emotional beats time to land.” The Stage, 2024


“Beautifully written and powerfully performed, this alternative Christmas fable is packed with humour and heart.” The Stage, 2019

“Ali Pritchard’s sparsely staged production does a skilful job of keeping the audience off balance with abrupt changes in tone. The audience is invited to laugh at comic misfortune one minute, and then made choke on that laughter the next.” The Stage, 2019


“Director Ali Pritchard ensures the piece balances its strands of dark – often very funny – comedy and black, bleak tragedy, and keeps it from tipping too far into its own absurdism.” Exeunt, 2019

A huge thank you to our research partners Dominic Simpson, Assistant Professor of Nursing

and Dr. Sasha Ban, Deputy Head of Department Nursing Midwifery and Health, both from Northumbria University. 

Videos of Ruth Lyon’s work:

Wraparound events during this project


Royal College of Nursing: International Nursing Research Conference 2024

10th – 12th September 2024.

Northumbria University

Nurse led research conference, with this years focus inclusivity in nursing


Izaak Gledhill reacts to The Nurse’s Station

17th – 19th September 2024

Straight after the performance of Nurse’s Station

Alphabetti Theatre

Pay What You Feel

Funded by Esmée Fairbairn Foundation, Alphabetti Theatre have commissioned the fantastic theatre maker, Izaak Gledhill to create a short piece of theatre in reaction to The Nurse’s Station, mentored by Louie Ingham.


Response Writing Competition Winner

24th – 26th September 2024

Straight after the performance of Nurse’s Station

Alphabetti Theatre

Pay What You Feel

Funded by Esmée Fairbairn Foundation, Alphabetti Theatre will be running a writing competition for writers to see their work professionally produced and they get paid. Watch Nurse's Station, then over a 1 week, write a 10-minute play for a chance to win £500 and have it professionally performed. Open to all writers over 16.


Extant in partnership with Alphabetti Theatre – presents Enhance

The Nurses Station by Ali Pritchard & Ruth Lyon

Visually impaired access has been created for this show post-production, devised by an Extant visually impaired facilitator. This is not audio description, but instead an ‘enhanced’ way of providing access that has been tried and tested by Extant.


We invite visually impaired audiences to come along and experience the programme notes and touch tour before the show beginning at 6.30pm. The notes encapsulate the visual aspects of the show and are written with access for visually impaired audiences at the core. The Touch Tour offers exploration of set, props and costume: offering an immersive space in which to imagine the work before the show begins.


‘Very descriptive and it allowed me to create a visual picture in my head.’


Extant Enhance 2023-26 is funded by Paul Hamlyn Foundation and Arts Council England.


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