Nostalgic reflection on World War II nursing

A quite unique production, performed entirely in full mask, with no words spoken, is to take place at The Old Town Hall on Friday (May 22).

Thursday, 21st May 2015, 1:22 pm
Nursing Lives, full mask production by Vamos Theatre
Nursing Lives, full mask production by Vamos Theatre

The poignant yet humorous tale is set in the 1980s world of Margaret Thatcher’s Britain, but nostalgically reflects on the very different days of the Second World War and celebrates bravery and the human spirit.

When feisty 70-something Flo learns that the hospital she trained at during the Second World War is being demolished, she decides to take one last look – and stop the bulldozers in their tracks.

Her illicit visit becomes a personal celebration of friendship, courage, adventure and romance.

But is what Flo remembers really the truth, or is history ready to be re-written?

Nursing Lives, a production by Vamos Theatre, is a love story that takes the audience back to the hard-working, heart-breaking, swing-dancing world of the UK’s wartime hospitals.

Like all Vamos Theatre shows, the show is wordless, telling its story through physical communication, supported by strong visual design, lighting and an original soundtrack.

The award winning theatre group has been praised by the BBC and The Stage as one of the major exponents of full mask, an innovative and unique style of theatre which is less known in the UK.

In Vamos’ hands, this kind of theatre has been called, “one of the most engaging, human and personal theatre experiences around”.

Nursing Lives addresses issues of life in war, separation and unjustness, as well as providing positive images of older people as proactive and able.

The show has been on tour extensively and has received excellent reviews throughout the country.

Suitable for 12 years and up, Nursing Lives starts at 8pm on Friday.

Tickets cost £12, concessions £10, Dacorum Card £9, Upstaged £5.

UpStaged is a club for 16 t0 25 years theatre lovers and is free to join. To register and find out more, go to www.

Tickets can be booked in person at The Old Town Hall, High Street, Hemel Hempstead Monday to Saturday between 12 noon and 5.30pm. Or call 01442 228091 during the same hours.

Or tickets can be booked online at