BMJ Christmas revueBMJ 2001; 323 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.323.7305.124 (Published 21 July 2001) Cite this as: BMJ 2001;323:124
Send us your sketches, songs, ravings, and suggestions on saving the NHS
Last year we held the first ever BMJ Christmas revue, and it was a huge success. Phil Hammond, the compere, was on devastating form, teasing mercilessly a cabinet minister who was brave enough to turn up. Many of the sketches were both witty and acutely observed: the word revalidation will forever make me think of a faltering pianist being hit with a frying pan. The singing was brilliant, the dancing irrepressible, and the band funky. The pace hardly faltered, and we all had a great time. So we've decided to do it again. This year's revue will be on Wednesday 28 November at the Conway Hall, Red Lion Square, London WC1.
We've also decided—at Phil's suggestion—to experiment with a theme. Copied from Labour's ludicrous slogan from the last but one election it's “48 minutes to save the NHS.” But songs and stomps are still fine: indeed, they may be the best way to save the NHS. We would like you to send us your contributions, which should not be longer than five minutes, by the end of September.* You might send us words on paper, audiotapes, or videotapes. You can even send us single sentences on ideas to save the NHS: Phil will then weave them into his badinage. Last year we offered everybody who submitted something a five minute slot, and most accepted. This year we may well have to be more selective. We'll supply Phil, a highly adaptable band, lights, sound systems, a stage manager, and the day to rehearse. You supply the talent. And Phil is pitching the idea on “48 minutes to save the NHS” to Radio 4. So this could be your big break.
↵* Please send contributions to: Mrs Gaby Shockley, BMJ, BMA House, Tavistock Square, London WC1H 9JR.