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.
Following a run at SICK! Festival at Contact in March 2017, the show toured to
SICK! Festival, ACCA, Brighton
Royal College of Nursing International Nursing Research conference, Oxford
Battersea Arts Centre’s Homegrown Festival, London
Chrysalis Festival, Traverse Theatre, Edinburgh
Teenage Cancer Trust Annual Conference Find Your Sense of Tumour
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.
Director Adura Onashile
Assistant Director Mark Croasdale
Artistic Coordinator Brian Lobel
Lead Artist Nathaniel Hall
Stage Manager Aileen Ging
Video Designer Jason Crouch
Producer Keisha Thompson