NATIONAL Theatre Wales' new touring production 'Peggy’s Song' comes to Theatr Brycheiniog, Brecon, on Tuesday, October 1, and to The Hafren, Newtown, on Thursday, October 3.

Originally commissioned as part of National Theatre Wales NHS70 festival last year, Katherine Chandler’s play 'Peggy’s Song' celebrates the volunteers of our NHS is a gloriously funny, but poignantly touching monologue which explores an unexpected friendship between hapless hospital radio DJ Danny Walkman and tough talking patient Peggy.

After his radio show at St Bevan’s Hospital, Danny has a chance encounter in the Garden of Hope with Peggy. They’ve nothing in common, but in Danny’s world everyone likes music, don’t they?

Everyone’s got a song, and if there’s one thing Danny Walkman is good at, it’s getting people to tell him what their song is. Peggy doesn’t give much away, so it’s a race against time for Danny to find, and play, Peggy’s song.

Chandler’s touchingly funny monologue stars actor, writer and director Christian Patterson from Swansea, who won Best Actor for his role in 'Blasted' in 2016 and has been nominated for a number of Wales Theatre Awards.

He is a recognisable face on stages in Wales, in particular Theatr Clwyd, while his television work includes the upcoming Channel 4 drama 'The Light' which airs in October/November.

'Peggy’s Song' is a story of ordinary people and the volunteers of the NHS and writer Katherine Chandler said: “Peggy’s Song is my love letter to the NHS. I really wanted to write something that celebrated the many people who work for and give their time to the NHS and are at the heart of why it’s a service that’s so treasured by us all. I felt like I wanted it to be an uplifting piece about community and ordinary people.

“When difficult things happen to us in hospitals it’s more often than not the kindness of the people who work there that really stays with us and I wanted to look at that in my love letter and to celebrate it. I think 'Peggy’s Song' is a hopeful celebration of community and ordinary people doing extraordinary things. It’s funny and sad, and has a lot of great songs in it.”

Christian Patterson said: “I am so happy that National Theatre Wales decided to revive Katherine Chandler’s beautiful play and that I get the chance to tour it around the beautiful theatres of Wales! This production is a labour of love for me and I know that the director, Phil Clark, feels exactly the same way. It’s going to be a great pleasure to share ‘Peggy’s Song’ and my character with new audiences and take them on a rollercoaster ride of emotions.”

NTW’s Love Letters to the NHS plays touring last year also included 'The Stick Maker’s Tales' by Rhayader playwright Peter Cox.