New play about junior doctors

London theatre news: Monday 4 November 2019

Off-West End - Shows

Tania Amsel's new one-woman play - Blood Orange - brings to light the life of junior doctors in A&E over the holiday season - due at the Old Red Lion from 10 December to 4 January.
Blood Orange at Old Red Lion Theatre

Image: Old Red Lion Theatre

Tania Amsel's new play - Blood Orange - brings the life of junior doctors in A&E over the holiday season into the spotlight.

The show will play at Islington's Old Red Lion theatre from 10 December to 4 January, with press night on December 12th.

Blood Orange is a new one-woman play that explores themes of love, loss and childhood trauma with pathos, dry wit, and a twist of dark comedy.

Researched with doctors and medical staff, the show focuses on how doctors' workload creates stress in a medical context and how caring for patients emotionally often takes priority over their own well-being.

Playwright and performer Tania Amsel has written for the Tron Theatre Glasgow and Women@RADA.

She has performed in Bloody Men (Arcola Theatre), Just To Get Married (Finborough), Chatroom (Etcetera Theatre), At War With Love (Edinburgh Fringe), Lollipop (Monologue Slam), The Dance Hall (Blue Elephant), Never Have I Ever (Arcola), and Exchange & Mart (BAFTA winning short film).

The show is supporting the Great Ormond Street Hospital by raising awareness of childhood cancer, and is supporting mental health charity SANE whilst underlining the impact on staff's mental health while working in a busy hospital.

There will be Q&As with the Blood Orange team and charities GOSH and SANE, to create awareness and help reduce the stigma associated with the play's topics, on December 17 and 3 January.

Show listing information


Amy is a young Junior Doctor working in Swansea A&E, hoping to transfer to Great Ormond Street Hospital in London.

When she receives a gift from her mum, Amy's transported straight back to a childhood trauma and forced to confront feelings she didn't know she's been hiding.

Helping others is at the heart of her career but perhaps this is to make up for the one person she couldn't save?

When Amy receives a case of a boy with cancer it makes her question whether she can ever really let go of her past.

Will she find the answers she's looking for in London allowing her to move on with her life?

BLOOD ORANGE is set at Christmas in A&E and a close up look at a life of love, loss and guilt as Amy questions the ultimate truth of why she really wants to be a doctor.

This one woman play with humour and pathos allows you to immerse yourself in Amy's journey.

The minimalist staging with evocative sound and lighting adds depth to this heartfelt relatable story that has hope at its heart.

'My next patient is Santa ...'


Tania Amsel


Author: Tania Amsel
Director: Hamish MacDougall
Lighting: Jamie Platt
Sound: Dong Tingying
Production: Ameena Hamid and Tom Dixon


Old Red Lion Theatre
418 St John Street


From: Tuesday 10 December 2019

Closed: Saturday 4 January 2020


Previews: £13 (£10 concessions)

Standard: £16

Concessions: £13.50


Show website
ActDrop full listing for BLOOD ORANGE

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