Laughter is the best medicine

Karen Cocker, Matt Todd and Esther Cole star in the Noble's Hospital Comedy Show

Karen Cocker, Matt Todd and Esther Cole star in the Noble's Hospital Comedy Show

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Staff from Noble’s Hospital will perform in a comedy show on July 12.

The show, sponsored by Pokerstars Helping Hands Programme and the Douglas Bay Rotary Club, will feature around 30 members of staff on stage as well as behind the scenes, including a band.

It will be in aid of the Isle of Man Ambulance Service, Saint John Foot and Ankle Clinic and towards building a new special care baby unit.

Foundation doctors Sam Fosker and Ross Wallace have been involved with the planning of the show.

Sam said: ‘We are hoping to put on a really fun and enjoyable night for the public and healthcare staff to come together and have a laugh at the funnier side of healthcare.

‘Members of staff on all levels are involved, nurses, health care assistants and paramedics. However, this is not the first time the hospital has done something like this, as at the old hospital site a similar show was performed 10 years ago.’

Ross said: ‘The play is a light-hearted comedy show based on how a hospital functions, to show that we’re not always so serious. I was always involved with theatre in uni and so was Sam, so we were keen to do something theatrical for charity.

‘We started writing the script and were careful to make it appropriate for an Isle of Man audience and their sense of humour. I’ve been performing a lot, whether that’s in the operating room or stage.

‘The experience so far in preparing for the show has been tough, but absolutely amazing. It’s given us the chance to talk to different members of staff, ranging from practice nurses, ward clerks to consultants. There’s been a lot of planning involved, especially behind the music as we don’t want it to be ear-piercing! Overall, we want to make a difference to people’s lives.’

Registered nurse Gerard Hall is the band leader and shared his thoughts: ‘The experience so far has been great. There’s so many talented people working within the hospital and we’ve been practising for months.

‘Extra money to provide new facilities is hard to come by and the show is a great way in which staff can give something back to those who donate.’

The Noble’s Hospital Comedy Show will take place at the Gaiety Theatre, Douglas, on Saturday, July 12, at 7.30pm. For tickets call the VillaGaiety box office on 600555 or online at

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