Appropriately for the UK’s Brain Tumour Awareness Month of March, an interesting new theatre piece is coming up for a 3 night run - 8th-10th March - at the Dugdale Centre, Enfield, London.
‘Brains – A Personal Story’ is a unique and upbeat performance piece, following the journey of someone diagnosed with a brain tumour. With a cast of six it uses spoken word and music to explore the emotions experienced by both the patient and loved ones from diagnosis through to treatment and beyond.
On the 23rd March 2013 writer and director Marc Day was diagnosed with a grade 3 brain tumour. The diagnosis followed a prolonged period of headaches and two seizures, he then had a third seizure on the day of surgery to remove part of the tumour.
Post-surgery he underwent 36 sessions of radiotherapy and 6 cycles of 6-weekly chemotherapy sessions. The tumour, though shrunk, remains and as such Marc cannot be classed as in remission, or the tumour benign.
He says “More people under the age of 40 die of a brain tumour than from any other cancer so I wanted to use this theatre piece, and my personal experience, to improve social awareness of the disease. Where possible, I have used humour to make the piece upbeat with more appeal to audiences. Humour played a part along my journey as I made certain observations, making sense of things."
We are delighted that the production has also given its backing to Brain Tumour Support and Bandanas for Brain Tumours as Marc is keen to spread greater awareness of the impact of brain tumours.
In exploring the experiences, thoughts and changes that a brain tumour can cause, it’s an important reflection of the complex and lasting effect that a diagnosis has not only on the patient but their loved ones too.
Full details and tickets are available here.