Nina Raine's Tiger Country is a play that depicts the working lives of a group of doctors and nurses in a busy London hospital. It was first performed at Hampstead Theatre, London, on 14 January 2011. The play was revived, in the rewritten version presented here, at Hampstead Theatre on 8 December 2014.
The play is set in various locations within a major London hospital: the ward, the operating theatre, A&E, the cardiology department, the bladder clinic, the doctors' mess, the consultants' office, and a hospital on-call room. The action moves fluidly between the different locations, with several different storylines overlapping and converging. Vashti is a urology registrar who faces a choice between advancing her career or saving the life of a surgically maltreated aunt. Emily is a new senior house officer who learns the dangers of investing too much care in individual patients. We also see how a cardiologist copes with a lymphoma on his neck, how surgeons have to break the news to patients whose cancer is terminal, and how the private lives of staff are the victims of a punishing work schedule.
The 2011 Hampstead Theatre production was directed by Nina Raine and designed by Lizzie Clachan. It was performed by Hannah Banister, David Cann, Pip Carter, Nason Crone, Sharon Duncan-Brewster, Ruth Everett, Naomi Heffernan, Adam James, Thusitha Jayasundera, Kevin Kamara, Joan Kempson, Henry Lloyd-Hughes, Maggie McCarthy, Nicolas Tennant and Harvey Virdi.
The 2014 Hampstead Theatre production was again directed by Nina Raine and designed by Lizzie Clachan. It was performed by Ruth Everett, Souad Faress, Jenny Galloway, Nick Hendrix, Maxwell Hutcheon, Tricia Kelly, Alastair Mackenzie, Wunmi Mosaku, Shaun Parkes, Luke Thompson, Indira Varma, Alexine Lafaber, Carolin Ott and Rose Riley.