NHS goes under the knife of Tangled Feet

This January, ground-breaking physical theatre company Tangled Feet will exploring the changing face of the NHS at ARC with their new show Care. Using innovative aerial techniques, the audience will be experiencing the show from beds whilst the action happens all around and above them.

“Illness is neither an indulgence for which people have to pay, nor an offence for which they should be penalised, but a misfortune, the cost of which should be shared by the community.”

– Aneurin Bevin 1945

“We have the technology and knowledge to provide a decent life for all, but we are in the grip of an economic ideology that makes that impossible.”

– Ken Loach 2012


Almost everyone enters the world inside it and most of us will experience its healing powers at some point. Many of us will die in its arms and some of us will have our lives saved by it.

It is epic, tragic, joyful, extraordinary and ordinary all the same time. And now The National Health Service is up for sale.

As the largest ever restructure of the NHS occurs, Tangled Feet ask: what is it worth to us? Does it have a price that we can quantify? How do we value care?

The audience are on the gurney and the action all around them as Tangled Feet (“masters of physical theatre” The Independent) conduct open-heart surgery on our beloved Health Service, in this uniquely staged production premiering at ARC.
Tangled Feet are a physical theatre ensemble that creates work about the tensions we see in the world around us. They make work inside and outside and are constantly provoking new relationships with their audience. In January they bring their spectacular style into the ARC auditorium.

Tangled Feet offer a glimpse of magic.

– The Guardian

• Tangled Feet present Care from Thur 30 Jan – Sat 1 Feb at various times. Tickets are F: £12 C: £10 and can be purchased here.