Information

  • EVENT TYPE /

    Theatre / Music / Comedy 

  • PLAYING /

    7 – 18 Mar

  • WHERE /

    Merlyn Theatre

  • DURATION /

    100 minutes (no interval)

  • LATECOMERS /

    Doors open early. To ensure you don’t miss a second, please plan to be seated 5 minutes before the performance start time. Latecomers may not be admitted until a suitable time in the performance, and to a different seat if necessary.

  • AGES /

    Recommended for audiences aged 15+

  • WARNING /

    Contains strong themes, references to terminal illness, haze, strobe lighting and strong dynamic sound effects.

    To discuss potentially triggering content please contact Malthouse Theatre’s Box Office or speak with a member of staff.

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Season 2018

A Pacifist's Guide to the War on Cancer

7 – 18 MAR 2018

Information

  • EVENT TYPE /

    Theatre / Music / Comedy 

  • PLAYING /

    7 – 18 Mar

  • WHERE /

    Merlyn Theatre

  • DURATION /

    100 minutes (no interval)

  • LATECOMERS /

    Doors open early. To ensure you don’t miss a second, please plan to be seated 5 minutes before the performance start time. Latecomers may not be admitted until a suitable time in the performance, and to a different seat if necessary.

  • AGES /

    Recommended for audiences aged 15+

  • WARNING /

    Contains strong themes, references to terminal illness, haze, strobe lighting and strong dynamic sound effects.

    To discuss potentially triggering content please contact Malthouse Theatre’s Box Office or speak with a member of staff.

  • Download / Program

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?

Kimmings is famous for her unique takes on taboo topics—from her sexual health (Sex Idiot), to her boyfriend’s depression (Fake It ’Til You Make It), to her search for positive role models for her teenage niece (Credible, Likeable, Superstar, Role Model).

Complicité, the UK-based theatre company behind Malthouse Theatre’s 2017 hit The Encounter, team up with Kimmings in this funny and moving show about newfound friendships,  mundane treatment cycles, hairlessness and scars... with songs.

★★★★★ A POWERFUL PIECE OF CONCEPT ART...A LIFE LESSON WE SHOULD ALL SEE

– ECHO (UK)

★★★★★ DIFFERENT TO ANY THEATRICAL PRODUCTION YOU HAVE EVER IMAGINED. 

– NORTH WEST END

★★★★ A VITAL CONFRONTATION, EXTRAORDINARY

– THE OBSERVER
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WRITTEN BY / Bryony Kimmings and Brian Lobel with Kirsty Housley
MUSIC BY / Tom Parkinson
DIRECTED BY / Kirsty Housley 
CAST / Eva Alexander, Bryony Kimmings, Gemma Storr, Lottie Vallis, Lara Veitch, Elexi Walker
SET & COSTUME DESIGN / Lucy Osborne
CHOREOGRAPHY / Sarah Blanc
LIGHTING DESIGN / Marec Joyce
SOUND DESIGN / Lewis Gibson
ASSISTANT DIRECTOR / Michael Keyamo

Due to unforeseen circumstances, Elexi Walker will no longer be able to perform as a part of the ensemble cast. Elizabeth Esguerra will be performing in the role for the remainder of the season. 

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

ORIGINAL COSTUME DESIGN / Christina Cunningham
ORIGINAL LIGHTING DESIGN / Paul Anderson
ORIGINAL MUSIC DIRECTOR / Marc Tritschler
ORIGINAL CHOREOGRAPHY / Lizzi Gee

SPECIAL PERFORMANCES

PREVIEW
7.30pm, Wednesday 7 March

OPENING NIGHT
7.30pm, Thursday 8 March

TIME TO TALK
6.30pm, Tuesday 13 March

AUDIO DESCRIBED
7.30pm, Friday 16 March

ACCESS PERFORMANCES

AUDIO DESCRIBED
7.30pm, Friday 16 March

PRODUCTION PARTNERS AND SUPPORTERS

Complicité Associates / Bryony Kimmings. Originally a co-production with the National Theatre.

Key image photography by Zan Wimberley.