Supported by the actors’ union Equity, #NHSLove is an initiative launched by Tamasha theatre company to boost the morale of frontline NHS staff during the coronavirus crisis. Through Twitter and one hashtag, the aim is to send messages of LOVE to them via content they can dip into, whenever they can.
Actors are invited to record a monologue, speech or poem (1 – 3 minutes) on the theme of Love, and share with the hashtag #NHSLove @tamashatheatre, to give some love to the people putting themselves on the frontline to help save lives.
From Wednesday 15 April, #NHSLove pieces will begin to be shared, recorded by established and emerging actors. Recordings include a Biblical extract performed by Balvinder Sopal (currently playing Suki Panesar in EastEnders), and a comic speech from Love, Bombs and Apples by Hassan Abdulrazzak, performed by Royal Shakespeare Company lead actor Asif Khan (Tartuffe).
Daniel York Loh, Karen Bartke, Nicholas Khan, Danusia Samal, Grace Cordell, Stefanie Reynolds, Kammy Darweish and Jennifer Lim are also among those who have chosen speeches from a wide range of texts including plays by Chloë Moss and James Fritz, and poems by Wendy Cope, Rabindranath Tagore, and Hu Shih.
Actors are free to browse a selection of suggested texts curated by Tamasha, both classical and contemporary, or choose their own texts - so long as they are on the theme of Love. Collaborating closely with the artists the company supports, Tamasha is also inviting playwrights to submit new or existing texts and is able to link actors up with its directors to work remotely together in creating #NHSLove pieces.
Full details for how to take part can be found at www.tamasha.org.uk/nhslove