Blogger turns grief for mum into frank and funny Fringe show
My Mum The Chemo Ninja, a one-woman show about why grief’s not just about losing but laughing, debuts at Otherplace at The Basement for four nights in May as part of the Brighton Fringe 2015.
Written & performed by Angela Wilson, My Mum The Chemo Ninja has been adapted from her award-nominated blog Funny Matters (www.funnymatters.co.uk) about the loss of her mother to terminal cancer in 2012.
In 2014 Funny Matters was selected by New Writing South to feature in its Good Blog Guide and was nominated for the UK Blog Awards 2015.
Praise for Funny Matters: “Inspiring stuff” (Action For Happiness). “Wonderful work” (Dying Matters)
Comedy-writer Angela started blogging as way of expressing her experience of her mother’s terminal diagnosis and death using her trademark humour.
Angela says “yes, there were times when it was serious, solemn and sombre. But there were also times of normality, laughter and even joy.
As a society we tend not to talk about the darker moments in life. It’s important to break the silence on these subjects. Not only for our own benefit, but to reassure others that they are not alone.”
My Mum The Chemo Ninja will be directed by John O’Connor of European Arts Company following the West-End success of ‘The Trials of Oscar Wilde’ at St James’ Theatre, London.
“Truly brilliant. Made me cry and laugh” (Funny Matters blog subscriber)
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Notes for Editors:
Features, interviews, listings and reviews all welcome. Press are invited to attend either of the first two performances: 5th & 6th May – 17.30.
Funny Matters presents…
My Mum The Chemo Ninja
Theatre/Storytelling & Spoken Word
Otherplace at The Basement: The Pit
24 Kensington St, Brighton BN1 4AJ
Tues 5th & Wed 6th May: 17.30
Wed 27th & Thur 28th May: 19.30
£10 (£8.50) – 50 minutes
01273 987516. www.brightonfringe.org
Brighton Fringe is England’s largest arts festival and one of the largest open- access multi-art form fringe festivals in the world. What makes it exceptional is that it is set in one the UK’s most popular cities, known for its unique heritage of creativity and innovation.
Brighton Fringe 2015: 1 – 31 May 2015.