‘The Waiting Room’ is a radio play set in the oncology waiting room of a UK General Hospital. Written by Olivia Assheton and produced and performed by Stage 2, Downham, it tells the moving stories of patients, and their carers, at various stages of cancer diagnosis and treatment.
Tackling just some of the many issues faced by cancer patients, the characters tell their own personal stories in a series of monologues linked by interactions with each other, as their wait to be seen lengthens over a morning.
Although they are very different in their backgrounds and their stories are sometimes difficult to listen to, the characters’ wait unites them in an uplifting spirit of camaraderie, understanding and co-operation.
The play is launched on World Cancer Day (4th February) to support the Rosemere Cancer Foundation’s appeal for £842,000 to remodel the Ribbledale Ward at the Royal Preston Hospital to a design by staff and patients.
With work starting in the Spring, it will create the best possible treatment environment – a contemporary ward for the future that will have oncology patient appropriate en suite bays, a family room with its own kitchenette, day rooms, a quiet room and end of life suites.
Commented Olivia Assheton: “I hope that listeners will gain a real insight into the cancer diagnosis and treatment process from the play, as well as finding many of the messages in it inspiring and positive. If it moves anyone to make a direct donation to the Ribblesdale appeal that would, of course, be wonderful.
“It is mainly there, though, to highlight the great cancer treatment work that is carried out every day in difficult circumstances by NHS staff and supporting organisations such as Rosemere,” she added.
The ‘Waiting Room’ is free to download or play here on Rosemere Cancer Foundation’s website.
To download: start listening to The Waiting Room and then Right Click on the screen and select the Save As option.