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A Pacifist’s Guide to the War on Cancer

A co-production with Complicite Associates

book by Bryony Kimmings and Brian Lobel
music by Tom Parkinson, lyrics by Bryony Kimmings

Final performance 29 November 2016
Running Time: 2 hours 5 mins inc 20-min interval

A Pacifist’s Guide to the War on Cancer

An all-singing, all-dancing examination of life with a cancer diagnosis. This brand new musical confronts the highs and lows of the scariest word we know.

Expect big anthems, shiny costumes, blood, tears and real cancer patients in this rip-roaring, heartbreaking celebration of ordinary life and death.



Bryony Kimmings collaborates with Complicite to look behind the poster campaigns and pink ribbons at the reality of cancer.

Contains adult themes and strong language

Related talks and events

ICU Check Up - Drop in
An opportunity to talk, discuss, comment and debate with artist and co-writer of the production's book, Brian Lobel, at the Institute for Cancer Understanding - in the Dorfman Foyer.
Thursday 10 November, 3.30 – 5pm

We Have to Talk About Cancer
A two part session, before and after the show with artist and co- writer of the book for the show, Brian Lobel.                  
Friday 25 November. Two part session - 6 – 7pm and post show from approx 9.30 – 10pm

A co-production with Complicite Associates in association with HOME
Commissioned by Complicite

The Dorfman Partner
The Dorfman Partner: Neptune Investment Management         Complicite Associates logo

Supported by the Mirisch & Lebenheim Charitable Foundation

If you've been affected by any of the issues raised in A Pacifist's Guide to the War on Cancer and would like support, we recommend you contact the Macmillan Support Line free (some mobile networks may charge) on 0808 808 00 00 or visit  Or visit Maggie’s Online Centre for information and to find your local Maggies Centre:

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Writer/director Bryony Kimmings talks to comedian Jenny Eclair about this new musical.

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Why make a musical about cancer?

Bryony Kimmings and producer Judith Dimant discuss the creation of the show.

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Writer/Director Bryony Kimmings and Producer Judith Dimant discuss the show on Woman's Hour

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Photography (Hal Fowler) Christa Holka, Image Art Direction David Curtis-Ring, Post Production Marcelo Dalle Grave

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Ticket prices

Mon – Thu and all matinees
£40 - £15
Fri and Sat evening
£45 - £18

Captioned performances
Saturday 19 November at 2pm
Monday 21 November at 7.30pm
Monday 28 November at 7.30pm

Audio described performances
Friday 25 November at 7.30pm
Saturday 26 November at 2pm

Touch Tour
Saturday 26 November at 12.30pm