Contact Young Company, directed by Adura Onashile.

‘Every year in Britain 2,405 young people will be diagnosed with some form of cancer and yet there is very little care targeted to the specific needs of this age group. In confounding stereotypes of what cancer and its care means to young people, we hope to shed a light into all the funny, rich, ridiculous,  life-affirming and challenging stories that also happen to make for compelling theatre.’ Adura Onashile

An original performance inspired by the findings of BRIGHTLIGHT, the first major study of its kind, There is a Light: BRIGHTLIGHT presents young patients’ perspectives on specialist cancer care in England. 

Directed by award-winning artist Adura Onashile, the show is developed in collaboration with Brian Lobel, BRIGHTLIGHT’s researchers, youth board and young people with personal experience of cancer.



'Gloriously real and life-affirming; a masterful testimony to the power of young people's voices' Manchester Theatre Awards
'Contact Young Company bring wit and exuberance to the heavy subject matter' Exeunt Magazine
‘Very accurately portrays some of the main stages and issues faced as a young adult with cancer.’ Young, Wild + Fibroblastic


Week 1 Speaking in Silence
Week 2 What You Get For Free
Week 3 What's So Hard About Sex?
Week 4 Can I Speak About This?
Week 5 We Are More Than Flesh and Bone
Week 6 What Does It Look Like?


Suitable for ages 12+
Created by Contact Young Company (CYC) in collaboration with BRIGHTLIGHT, National Institute for Health Research (NIHR), University College London Hospitals and University of Chichester.
Commissioned by SICK! Festival.
Supported by a Wellcome Trust Arts Award.
Manchester performances sponsored by Slater Heelis.


Cast Amy Riley, Amy Vreeke, Bryony Bates, Chloe Barlow, Ciara Grant, David Hall, Duncan McCombe, Ewan Orton, Gráinne Flynn, Jennifer Miller, Joe Clegg, Joshua Wilkinson, Kelly Pilgrim, Laura Edwards,  Maddie Thomas, Maili Sikk,  Millicent Thomas, Miray Sidhom, Nea Edwards-Dixon, Shaquille Walfall, Sokaribo Dokubo, Steph Hammersley.

Director Adura Onashile
Assistant Director Mark Croasdale
Artistic Co-ordinator Brian Lobel
Lead Artist Nathaniel Hall
Stage Manager Aileen Ging
Video Designer Jason Crouch
Producer Keisha Thompson

Guest Workshop Facilitators / Speakers: Dr Rachel Taylor, Dr Lorna Fern, Maria Onasanya, Kimia Etemedi, Sue Morgan MBE, Dr Ana Martins, Prof Jeremy Whelan and David Wright.


Contact, Manchester
Wednesday 8 – Friday 10 March, 7.30pm

SICK! Festival, Brighton
Attenborough Centre for the Creative Arts
Tuesday 21 March, 7.30pm

RCN International Nursing Research conference, Oxford
Thursday 6 April

Homegrown Festival, London
Battersea Arts Centre
Saturday 9 April, 4pm

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