Thu 3 - Sat 12 June 2021


Thursday 3 - Saturday 12 June 2021

Tue 8 June: Q&A with author Christie Watson
Wed 9 June: BSL interpreted performance
Thu 10 June: Additional Digital Livestream (BOOK HERE)


7:30pm (doors open from 6:45pm, bookers are encouraged to arrive early)


Band A: £20; £15 (concessions, including NHS staff)
Band B: £18; £13 (concessions, including NHS staff)

Running time

Approx. 75 mins (no interval)


Theatre & Performance


Assembly Hall

Age guidance



“Moving tribute to the grit and skill of nurses that’s told with warmth and righteous anger” - The Stage

A new work for a new performance world.

Based on Christie Watson’s bestselling memoir of her twenty years as a nurse, The Language of Kindness is an ensemble-style piece of theatre: a joy- filled celebration of nurses and front-line healthcare workers which will resonate with audiences everywhere following the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Language of Kindness brings to life the realities, the challenges, heartbreaks and incomparable joys of working for the NHS and supporting families as they face their best and worst moments.

A socially distanced production about the tactile work of nurses where the company never touch.

Tuesday 8 June: Post Show Q&A with author Christie Watson and broadcaster Robert Peston.

Wednesday 9 June: BSL interpreted performance with interpreter Jacqui Beckford, who we are delighted to welcome back, after working with her on These Rooms (2018) and The Big Pink Vogue Ball (2019)

Thursday 10 June: Additional digital livestream. Can't make it to the building? The Language of Kindness will be livestreamed from Shoreditch Town Hall. BOOK HERE


“The ensemble cast, by turns physical and thoughtful, is always engaging, bringing out the highs and lows of life as nurses” - TheReviewsHub


“Wayward Productions’ superb ensemble cast needs to be seen”
- Morning Star

“It made me cry. It made me think. It made me laugh. It encouraged me to appreciate this most underappreciated of professions more than ever” - 
Adam Kay, author of This is Going to Hurt (on The Language of Kindness: A Nurse's Story)

The Language of Kindness was featured as a BBC Radio 4 Book of the Week and Guardian, Daily Telegraph and Sunday Times Book of the Year and was in the top 50 best-selling books of 2019

Co-produced with Assembly Hall Theatre Tunbridge Wells, Complicité and Warwick Arts Centre in association with Shoreditch Town Hall and Guy Chapman. With support from Arts Council England.

Booking Tickets

Tickets must be used by one household or support bubble only, with a maximum of 6 people. Due to socially distanced seating, you will be allocated a section of the auditorium based on your group size closer to the time of the performance. The Town Hall reserves the right to move your tickets to an alternative area in order to ensure social distancing.

We will be taking extra precautions for the safety of everyone in the building. Whilst at the Town Hall you must abide by all Covid-19 Safety Measures in place, which you can find here.


Adapted and directed by Sasha Milavic Davies and James Yeatman; Set & Costume Design by Zoë Hurwitz; Lighting Design by Jess Bernberg; Sound Design by Gareth Fry; Video Design by Hayley Egan

Production Images. Credit: Ali Wright

Rehearsal images. Credit: Sarah Ainslie

You may also like