Adam Kay: This Is Going To Hurt

Welcome to 97-hour weeks. Welcome to life and death decisions. Welcome to a constant tsunami of bodily fluids. Welcome to earning less than the hospital parking meter. Wave goodbye to your friends and relationships…

Welcome to the life of a junior doctor.

Scribbled in secret after endless days, sleepless nights and missed weekends, comedian and former junior doctor Adam Kay’s This Is Going to Hurt provides a no-holds-barred account of his time on the NHS front line.

Hilarious, horrifying and heartbreaking by turns, this is everything you wanted to know – and more than a few things you didn’t – about life on and off the hospital ward. And yes, it may leave a scar.

About the speaker:

Adam Kay is a writer, comedian, and trained doctor. After years as a junior doctor, he turned to writing and credits include Mitchell & Webb, Very British Problems, Mrs Brown’s Boys, Crims (co-creator), Mongrels, Up The Women, Flat TV, Our Ex Wife, Bounty Hunters, Blind Date, Child Genius – alongside panel show / live writing for high-profile comedians, writing for TV advertisements in UK and US, and rewriting hit Broadway musicals for transfer to West End. He is a Sunday Times columnist.

Presented by Birmingham Literature Festival with support from Arts & Science Festival.


Maya LOVES water! Swimming in the sea, splashing in her paddling pool. But one summer’s day, she gets sucked up the bathroom tap – SQUOOSH! – and along the water pipes! WHOOAAHHHH!

Arriving in a strange new land, Maya goes on an exciting journey, plunging into rivers, discovering oceans, battling unexpected villains! And you get to join in, making the show’s soundtrack with live beatboxing and watery sound effects! Watch out for the water pistol fight – don’t get squirted!

Come with Maya as she finds out more about the beauty, fun and challenges of water in an age of plastic and climate change. A story about learning to care about the world and its precious resources.

See MAC website for details of ‘Meet the Water Experts’, a post-show discussion with the creative team and scientific collaborators.

Please note, latecomers will not be permitted entry once the show has started.

Gulp! is directed by Dr Adam J. Ledger, Reader in Theatre and Performance and Co-artistic Director of The Bone Ensemble, with the participation of Prof David Hannah (UNESCO Chair of Water) and Dr Anne van Loon (Senior Lecturer Physical Geography), all University of Birmingham.

Presented by The Bone Ensemble with support from Midlands Arts Centre, Arena Theatre Wolverhampton and artsdepot. Gulp! is funded by Arts Council England, Severn Trent Water, University of Birmingham, Sir Barry Jackson Trust and Feeney Trust.