A STAGE drama depicting the stories of five women surviving cancer, including two from Solihull, took to the stage last weekend.
Popular TV stars including Birmingham-born Sarah Manners from Casualty and Strictly Come Dancing performed for free in the play at Solihull Arts Complex, alongside former EastEnders’ actress Hannah Waterman and Jean Boht from long-running sitcom Bread.
The play, Survivorship – To Cancer and Beyond, was written for Macmillan Cancer Support by playwright Monica Price and tells the stories of five women surviving cancers of the breast, ovaries, lungs, bowel and childhood leukaemia.
Angela Profit from Monkspath was first diagnosed with ovarian cancer in 2001. Her story is told by Hannah Waterman. “It’s a play about survivorship. Everything is in there that does happen when you are diagnosed. I wanted to see my first grandchild - I did - and now I have six. It’s these things that keep you surviving.”
Fellow Silhillian, Pam Grieves was given the stark news that she had ovarian cancer in April 2008. By the time she was diagnosed, the disease had spread to her spleen and bowel. She said: “The play is really good although I haven’t seen all of the script yet. Anyone facing cancer can see that life does go on.”
Playwright and producer Monica Price wanted to raise awarenes of those surviving the disease. “It’s a very positive play and raises awareness that there is a huge survivorship agenda. The whole purpose was to enlighten people that living with cancer and I have met some extraordinary women who are struggling to live and live every day as if it’s their last.
Cat Yates from Macmillan Cancer Support is delighted with the play, which will see all profits go direct to the charity. “We are absolutely ecstatic to be involved with this, The play supports our survivorship agenda with the Department of Health which focuses on life afterwards.”
There are two million people living with or beyond cancer in the UK and this number is rising by three per cent each year. If you would like details about Macmillan Cancer Support call 0121 742 6393 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.