BRIGHTLIGHT have collaborated with Brian Lobel (http://www.chi.ac.uk/staff/dr-brian-lobel) and the Contact Theatre Youth group in Manchester to interpret and create an improvisation of our study. We held a series of workshops with the 23 young people who are part of the Contact Young Company (CYC). Sue Morgan MBE from Leeds Teaching Hospitals and David Wright from the Christie have joined us to help the CYC experience what it’s like to have cancer as a young person and to understand the services and care they receive currently in England. Four of the CYC actually had cancer so they have been sharing their personal experiences with the CYC. One of our YAP (visit our user involvement pages to find out more), Maria Onasanya has also joined the CYC to share what it has been like being part of the BRIGHTLIGHT Team.
Director Adura Onashile and Assistant Directors Mark Croasdale and Nathaniel Hall have worked with the CYC to draw on what they learnt in the 6 weeks of workshops to create their improvised interpretation.
Each performance is being followed by a talk back by professionals leading TYA cancer care so the audience has the opportunity to ask questions about the performance, cancer in young people and about BRIGHTLIGHT.
There is a Light: BRIGHTLIGHT opened the SICK! Festival in Manchester on the 8th March and played for 3 nights, then on the spring tour they played at the ACCA in Brighton on 21st March. You still have a chance to catch the performance:
6th April RCN International Research Conference, Oxford
9th April Battersea Arts Centre, London
There will be additional performances at the end of the year in Liverpool and Birmingham. We will update you on dates when they have been confirmed, so watch this space and follow us on Twitter to get the details when they arrive hot off the press…