The only two remaining speeches by Aneurin Bevan were sourced and then reconfigured into twenty five segments, in order to emphasise the significance and stress the importance of the NHS and the need for a just society in the narrative.

In this film, this audio is broadcast on Llangynidr mountain, the place where Bevan would practice reading poetry aloud, in order to help counteract his stammer. It is known that Bevan would frequently climb the mountain with a stool and books, in order to overcome his speech impediment. In being broadcast at this location, the speech comes into conflict with the wind, which is common of the weather here, but is also suggestive of political conflict.

Although these words were delivered over sixty years ago, they are as relevant and critical today in their expression of the need for a fairer society.

Between the stammer and le mot juste precedes selected screenings of Apostasy from Sat 28 –Mon 30 Jul as part of the Something for Everyone: Celebrating 70 years of the NHS season.

5 minutes

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Great Britain

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