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A Contact Young Company production with Adura Onashile and Brian Lobel.

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

    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


        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.

        Creative team:

        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

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