Monologues of a Tired Nurse- Edinburgh Fringe 2016

Theatre For Thought are raising funds to take our brave new piece of writing The Monologues Of A Tired Nurse to Edinburgh Fringe this summer

We did it!

On 22nd Mar 2016 we successfully raised £3,405 of £3,400 target with 33 supporters in 28 days

Project aim:

Theatre For Thought are raising funds to help take our brave new piece of writing The Monologues of a Tired Nurse to Edinburgh Fringe Festival this Summer. 

About us: 

We are Theatre For Thought. We are a new company of two and are very excited to be taking a brave new piece of writing, our show The Monologues of a Tired Nurse to Edinburgh Fringe Festival 2016. To do this we need your help and support! We need to raise £3,400 (scroll down to see where your money will be spent) of our costs to be able to take our show to Edinburgh. 


This is an exciting opportunity to support a new company and two exceptionally passionate and dedicated actors on our first of many projects. The show deals with important issues and has the potential to be a huge hit. Any donations and support will make a huge difference in our ability to make this play possible and to connect with as wide an audience as we can. 

Please email us at or follow us on Twitter @Theatre4Thought and Facebook: The Monologues of a Tired Nurse for updates. 


The Show:

“One day you’re expected to know nothing 'cause you’re a student and then as soon as you’re qualified you’re expected to be this person, this somebody, this perfect person who never makes mistakes…”


New playwright Stephanie Silver makes her writing debut with The Monologues of a Tired Nurse, a two woman show. The show will first be taken to The Bread and Roses Theatre in Clapham in July, before being taken to Edinburgh Fringe Festival in August 2016. 


It tells the story of two nurses working for the NHS: Emily, an optimistic newly qualified nurse and Sally an exhausted nurse in charge, both at polar opposites in their careers. The story follows Sally and Emily’s memories of nursing up until one fateful day that changes both their lives forever. Set in the present day, at a time when the NHS is short staffed, forced to make cuts and constantly under scrutiny. Where nurses are penalised, criticised and told by the government that they’re not doing enough after another long day. When you’re getting paid £11 an hour to do someone’s last offices, when you’re telling a mum their baby’s passed away or when you’re the newly qualified nurse on her first day, with little support and no time for error- how is anybody supposed to cope?


“We are all just stuff, bits of stuff and one day we won't exist anymore. We are all just molecules and bits of dust.”


The show tells the story from Emily and Sally’s point of view. The Monologues of a Tired Nurse depicts the internal conflicts of two nurses in the modern day and gives you a peak through the curtains of how it really feels to be a nurse. The play deals with themes of nursing, mental illness, relationships, grief and more. It is an emotional, harrowing, raw, brave and naturalistic piece of writing which is at times funny but more often than not painfully truthful. 


“She just wanted to save everyone but you finish with one wound and there’s always another.” 


*Warning: You may cry. 


The Venue:

We are delighted to be performing at The Space UK, Surgeon’s Hall in Edinburgh from the 21st of August to the 27th. A highly respected and well established venue right at the heart of the fringe festival. 

Prior to Edinburgh Fringe Festival we will be performing at The Bread & Roses Theatre in May another exciting venue which specialises in showcasing new writing. 


The Team: 

Stephanie Silver- actor and writer: 

Stephanie is currently training as an actor at Italia Conti (FCA) after eight years as a paediatric nurse and will be playing Sally in the show. She is also making her writing debut with The Monologues of a Tired Nurse. In the past she has tested her worked in scratch nights and received overwhelmingly positive feedback from The Canal Cafe and The Cockpit Theatre, London. Stephanie is an avid campaigner and the chief newsletter editor for Actor’s Awareness- a movement to create diversity in the arts. 


Emelia Marshall Lovsey- actor:

Emelia is an actor and recent Rose Bruford (FCA) graduate. Her recent acting credits include: C’est La Vie (The Canal Cafe), The Auction (Sun Eats Moon Film), Romeo and Juliet (Rose Bruford) and Port (Rose Bruford). In the past Emelia has won ‘Best Actress 2013’ at The Cambridge Drama Festival and was reviewed as ‘Best Actress’ in 2013 for ‘Combinations’, a Cambridge based magazine. 


Director Simon Nader

Simon trained as The Stage Scholarship winner at The Academy Drama School. His credits as an actor include a national tour of Of Mice and Men as George, and he is currently touring in Escape From the Planet of the Land That Time Forgot for Company Gavin Robertson. Screen work includes Series 19 of Silent Witness for the BBC, and Tsar Nicholas II in Emmy Award winning miniseries Houdini. He has directed at the Royal Court for acclaimed World Music star Soumik Datta and the Southbank Centre for Circle of Sound as well as directing and producing Ed Waugh and Trevor Wood's The Revengers, David Haig's My Boy Jack and many others. 


The Rewards:

Please see our list of exciting rewards as a big thank you for your support!

The Money: 

We are very excited to bring The Monologues of a Tired Nurse to you in London and Edinburgh. To do this we need your help. All donations will be hugely helpful and go such a long way, so thank you so much for your belief in our project and your support.

We’re resourceful and are working hard to raise some of the costs ourselves through various activities. We will still need to raise £3,400 which will go towards:

Travel and Accommodation: We’re not asking for luxury. We will be sharing one room in Edinburgh and getting there the cheapest way possible. Your money will help pay for this.

Marketing and PR: This is one of the most important elements of any budget, particularly at The Fringe. We will therefore be investing in a strong marketing campaign- including design and print of flyers and posters, cost of being included in the Edinburgh Fringe brochure, PR stunts across Edinburgh throughout the run and we will also be working on the streets of Edinburgh a few days prior to the show and everyday throughout the run to help spread the word.

Venue Hire: The Space UK, Surgeon’s Hall is a highly reputable and respected venue, this however comes at a steep cost and your money will help cover this. 

Props: We need to raise money to go towards costume, props and some medical equipment to tell the story as truthfully as possible. 

If you have any questions regarding our budget please feel free to get in touch at: and we will be happy to help as soon as we can. 

If we raise any less than our target, we won’t get any of the money, so we really- really need your help! Thank you so much for taking the time to read about our project and support us- please spread the word! THANK YOU! 


Risks and Challenges: 

As a brand new theatre company: Theatre For Thought we have to start somewhere and this is a great place to start. We are two incredibly passionate and proactive actors and writers who got fed up of waiting for work and decided to make our own work, despite the slightly daunting process. We feel that this is an exceptionally important piece of theatre which raises necessary questions, has strong messages and finally speaks about things which haven’t been given a voice in the past. In short, it tells an consequential story. With your help and support, we can make it happen together! 


Theatre For Thought is a new theatre company dedicated to making important, brave, thought provoking theatre. 



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