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Play review: A Pacifist’s Guide to the War on Cancer

A new musical play at London’s National Theatre offers audiences a hard-hitting examination of the highs and lows of life with a cancer diagnosis.
A Pacifist’s Guide

A new musical play at London’s National Theatre offers audiences a hard-hitting examination of the highs and lows of life with a cancer diagnosis.

‘Here’s a question. Why don’t we talk about illness and death more?’

With this, the voice of performance artist Bryony Kimmings opens her directorial debut, A Pacifist’s Guide to the War on Cancer; a self-proclaimed ‘nutty weirdo of a musical’ all about cancer.

Complete with multi-coloured, dancing, singing cancer cells – characters that would not look out of place on toddler’s television – the show tackles a terrifying subject with humour and honesty.

Scared single mother Emma (Amanda Hadingue) spends a day in a hospital oncology department, waiting for her baby’s test results, and struggling to make sense of the Kingdom

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