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A Pacifist’s Guide to the War on Cancer


Bryony Kimmings wants to talk about cancer but she’s not getting very far. Instead, she keeps hearing about battles, survivors, fun runs and new leases of life. What’s everyone so scared of?

This funny and moving production looks behind the poster campaigns and pink ribbons at the reality of cancer… with songs.

Originally a Complicité Associates co-production with the National Theatre in association with HOME Manchester

Supported by

Mirish & Lebenheim Charitable foundation, Cockayne Grants for the Arts, The London Community Foundation, Garfield Weston Foundation, The Harold Hyam Wingate Foundation

Visit our YouTube channel to listen to the experts, the patients, scientists and creative team who made the show happen.

Watch our ‘making of’ documentary The Little c here.

© Mark Douet, Christa Holka, Bob and Roberta Smith, Sarah Ainslie, Zan Wimberley courtesy of Malthouse Theatre


HOME Manchester 20 - 24 March 2016
Exeter Northcott 28 September - 2 October 2016
National Theatre London 14 - 29 October 2016
Liverpool Playhouse 26 January - 3 February 2018
Newcastle Northern Stage 7 - 10 February 2018
Coventry Belgrade Theatre 14 - 17 February 2018
Canberra Theatre Centre 1 - 3 March 2018
Melbourne Malthouse Theatre 7 - 18 March 2018
Sydney Seymour Centre 22 - 29 March 2018



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