A dramatic interpretation

Watching the ward... one of the characters at the Stamford Hospital © National Trust/David Jones

Watching the ward... one of the characters at the Stamford Hospital

When you visit the hospital you may come across different characters. They may be alone or with others, but they can’t see or talk to you. At times they’ll interact with each other and you’ll be taken back to conversations that might have taken place at the Stamford Hospital…

We’ve worked with a great team this year to develop some live interpretation to help us tell the story of the hospital. After taking advice from the wonderful Royal Exchange Theatre in Manchester we appointed artistic director Andrew Barry to lead the creative team. Four local playwrights – Becky Prestwich, Andrew Sheridan, Lee Thompson and Adam Usden – looked at archive sources and wrote imaginative interpretations responding to what they’d found.

Some of the characters are based on soldiers and nurses at the Stamford Hospital, others are imagined characters inspired by the playwrights’ research into this and other hospitals. Our characters will interact with each other but won’t be aware that they’re being observed. The room guides will be happy to chat to you about what you’ve seen and the real story that inspired the drama.