#Hello my name is – The Play
Written by Brian Daniels
Directed by Dr Bernie C Byrnes
#hellomynameis… is an internationally recognised campaign encouraging person-centred, compassionate care through meaningful communication – both verbal and non-verbal. The campaign was initiated by the late Dr Kate Granger and her husband, Chris Pointon.
Kate was cared for by St Gemma’s Hospice Leeds during the latter stages of her illness until her death on 23 July 2016. To commemorate the 40th anniversary of the founding of St Gemma’s Hospice, the award-winning playwright, Brian Daniels, was commissioned to write a play about Kate and Chris’s journey, before, during and after Kate’s cancer diagnosis.
Dr Kate Granger was an outstanding geriatrician. She became a consultant in her early 30s and her future looked bright. She and her husband, Chris, were planning their future life when she was diagnosed with a rare and virulent cancer. Overnight she became a patient and observed life from a hospital bed. During numerous encounters with a wide range of medical and healthcare professionals Kate felt she was losing a sense of her personal identity. Then a porter named Brian arrived to take her to the operating theatre. He introduced himself saying, ‘Hello, my name is Brian and I’m going to take care of you’. Those words restored Kate’s feeling of self-worth and, knowing she was in palliative care, resolved to “make a difference”. She started a campaign for those engaged in health and social care to introduce themselves with ‘Hello, my name is…’ and a smile. The campaign was born and has now achieved worldwide recognition.
The play tells the story of personal heartbreak, resolve and determination to make the world of healthcare a better place. You will laugh, you will cry but most importantly you will never forget that it’s the little things that make a difference.
Some audience feedback:
“I most enjoyed the play, it was all brilliant.”
“Real people, real story, real feelings and emotions. Really, really moving.”
“Gained more understanding into Dr Kate’s journey and the importance of person-centred care delivery.”
“Very moving, made me very humble to work with an amazing team whose ethos is ‘hellomynameis’. Liked hearing about the journey.”
“Inspiring, hugely powerful story and legacy.”.
“Excellent moving account on how this movement was born. Very moving account of a relationship.
“Very moving and inspirational, a MUST for anyone working with vulnerable people.”
“The truly inspirational story of an extremely brave lady whose legacy will live on.”
“Absolutely life changing and career inspiring story. Thank you for the opportunity to see this amazing story and be inspired and humbled by Dr Kate and Chris.”
Brian Daniels is an established, award-winning playwright and theatre practitioner
His recent work includes WHERE’S YOUR MAMA GONE?, a play based on the experiences of two children whose mother fell victim to a serial killer. A Heritage Lottery Funded exhibition was created around the play looking at heritage loss in looked after children. The play has been widely performed; A BIG DAY FOR THE GOLDBERGS a comedy looking at provincial Jewish life and premiered at the Leeds Jewish Performing Arts Festival in 2011 with subsequent productions at Leeds Carriageworks Theatre, the New End Theatre, Hampstead, Edinburgh Festival and toured throughout the UK. THE GOOD AND THE TRUE adapted from the original play produced by Svandovo Divadlo (Prague’s leading repertory theatre) and collaborating with Prague City Hall, this play toured the UK and ran in New York – off-Broadway for 8 weeks in the Summer of 2012. It was also performed for the United Nations New York. DON’T LEAVE ME NOW a play exploring the impact of early onset dementia on two very different families and inspired by two real stories. This play has had more than 150 performances throughout the UK. Brian’s 2016 commissions include HOMEWARD BOUND and BOUNCE BACK BOY both commissioned by the National Council for Palliative Care to be performed to engage care and health professionals to look at the complex issues around palliative care. FINISHING TOUCHES commissioned by a major London legal firm explores the impact of childhood sexual and physical abuse/grooming on the later lives of people. This play was workshopped at the Barbican Theatre, London in August 2016 and was performed in June 2017 at the new Fitzrovia Chapel Arts Centre in London and New Theatre Royal, Portsmouth. Brian wrote a community play for the Leeds Jewish Welfare Board, which was performed in late 2017. In January 2018, FIGHTING FOR LIFE, which explores the way in which elderly people are treated by social and health service institutions, was launched at the Marie Curie Hospice, Hampstead, London. #HELLO MY NAME IS… a play commissioned by St. Gemma’s Hospice, Leeds and based on the life and work of the late Dr Kate Granger was also launched in May 2018. Brian’s latest play about resilience, BOTH SIDES NOW, will be premiered in 2019.
Brian is currently working on commission for a new play about the issues of lymphoedema, which will be ready for production mid-2019
Between 1997 and 2011 Brian was Artistic Director of the New End Theatre, Hampstead where he produced more than 200 new plays, musicals and cultural events. He was concurrently Artistic Director of the Shaw Theatre, Euston where he produced larger scale theatrical events and concerts with artists including Eartha Kitt, Elaine Stritch, Alison Moyet, Michel LeGrand, Michael Feinstein, Elaine Paige, Gloria Gaynor, Boy George, Dionne Warwick, Chita Rivera and numerous others. Many of these concerts toured the UK. He was also Artistic Director of the New Players Theatre, London and the Grace Theatre, Battersea. He is currently Artistic Director of the New End Theatre Beyond.
He is a Board member of the Royal Victoria Hall Foundation and a Board Member of Phoenix Dance Theatre, Leeds.
The play ‘Howard Bound’ was the recipient of a Patient First Award 2017 and was shortlisted for the Health Service Journal National Awards.
He is represented by Meg Davis at the Ki-Agency, London ([email protected] agency.co.uk)