A musical exploration of our attitudes to The Big C and how it affects real lives? Gary Dougherty reveals all.

Yes, you did read that correctly, a musical about cancer!

It is weird? Probably! But then cancer is weird; our attitudes to cancer are weird. Is it any weirder than a musical about a child’s train set that magically comes to life and competes to become the fastest engine in the world, and that particular musical ran for 7,000 performances.

In a world populated by musicals based on films or back catalogues, at least a musical about cancer can be said to be original. It is also thought provoking, moving and funny – with songs such as Even C**ts get Cancer how can it be anything but funny).

Written by Bryony Kimmings and Brian Lobel, it tells the story of a Emma and her fellow group of cancer patients and how one copes in the Realm of the Ill, with its strange vocabulary, unwritten rules and the dreaded “cancer face”.

After a critically acclaimed run at The National Theatre in London and touring in Manchester and Exeter Northcott, The Pacifist’s Guide to the War on Cancer starts a nine  day run at Liverpool Playhouse from 26th January. It will then move on to Newcastle Northern Stage and Coventry Belgrade before touring Australia.

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