Local history from a local writer is the basis for the latest play to take to the stage at The Broadbent Theatre in Wickenby.
First Do No Harm is penned by Lincolnshire playwright Hilary Spiers and performed by Tea and Tenacity Theatre Company for one night only - this Saturday, September 20.
The play uncovers a forgotten corner of local history immediately prior to WW1, when the welfare state was in its infancy and fierce local opposition greeted the arrival of the first ‘Panel doctors’ in the Fens.
Against the backdrop of the suffragist movement and England on the brink of war, Harold and Maud Leggett arrive in a small market town where Harold is to practise as the town’s only panel doctor, under Lloyd George’s controversial health and welfare reforms.
The established medical fraternity, led by the redoubtable Dr Ridgeway, is firmly opposed to the new system and soon Harold and Ridgeway - both combative and driven by personal ideology - are at loggerheads. The consequences are catastrophic.
The play, which is seen through the eyes of its female protagonists, was shortlisted for the Ronald Duncan Award and the production is supported by Arts Council England and Unison.
For tickets, priced £8.50 and £7.50, visit www.broadbent.org or call 01673 885500.