Back To All News

A Pacifist’s Guide to the War on Cancer

A Pacifist's Guide to the War on Cancer promotional poster

A Complicite Associates co-production with the National Theatre in association with HOME Manchester

Wed 28 September – Sun 2 October 2016

Exeter Northcott Theatre is proud to announce A Pacifist’s Guide to the War on Cancer, an all-singing, all-dancing examination of life with a cancer diagnosis.

Directed by Bryony Kimmings, this brand-new musical sees Complicite tour to only HOME Manchester and Exeter Northcott Theatre before heading to the National Theatre in London.

A Pacifist’s Guide to the War on Cancer, a co-production between Complicite and the National Theatre, in association with HOME Manchester, takes you on a whistle-stop tour through five unconventional stories about cancer, confronting the highs and lows of the scariest word we know.

With the book by Bryony Kimmings and New York-born London-based Brian Lobel, music by Tom Parkinson, and lyrics by Bryony Kimmings, A Pacifist’s Guide to the War on Cancer looks behind the poster campaigns and pink ribbons at the reality of cancer: the waiting rooms and chemo suites, the changed bodies, the family pressures and financial worries.

Expect big anthems, shiny costumes, blood, tears, and the experiences of cancer patients in this rip-roaring, heart breaking celebration of ordinary life and death, scratching at the battle metaphors that surround cancer, revealing what really lies beneath.

£25.50 B £22.50  C£20 D£18
Matinees: £18 all seats
Concs: £2 off bands B-D for benefit recipients, registered disabled, patrons aged 60+, students and under 26’s
Schools: £9 for groups 10+, 1 FREE teacher ticket for every 10 students booked
Student Standby: £5
Groups 10+ get 11th ticket FREE
Members – multibuy discount available
Running Time: TBC


For further information and to request interviews, review tickets and images, please contact Jenny Hogg on 01392 722 408 or email her.

Notes to Editors

Press night: Wednesday 28 September | 7:30pm

Complicite, founded in 1983, is an international theatre company based in London led by Artistic Director Simon McBurney OBE and Producer Judith Dimant MBE. The Company has won over 50 major theatre awards worldwide. The company’s recent work includes Beware of Pity, The Master and Margarita, Shun-kin, and A Disappearing Number. Alongside its productions, Complicite runs an extensive Creative Learning programme with recent projects including Like Mother, Like Daughter, and Tea.  | @Complicite

Bryony Kimmings is a performance artist, writer and comedian. Her works centre around outlandish ‘social experiments’ that Kimmings conducts with genius, intrigue and wholehearted fearless gusto. Previous works have seen Kimmings retracing an STI to its source (Sex Idiot), spending seven days in a controlled environment in a constant state of intoxication (7 Day Drunk) and becoming a pop star invented by a nine-year-old (Credible Likeable Superstar Role Model). Her recent work Fake It ‘Til You Make It is a show created with her real-life partner about living with depression. It toured Australia in 2015 winning numerous awards, before playing sell-out seasons in London and at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival.

a seat

Adopt your very own seat at the Exeter Northcott and help secure a bright future for the theatre.

Find out more