Cancer Tales is a series of five linked, short plays by Nell Dunn that tell the story of seven women, either patients with cancer or close relatives.
Play title: Cancer Tales: True Stories
Author (s): Nell Dunn
Publisher: Amber Lane Press
Publication Date: 2002
Primary Discipline: Medicine
Scientist (s): None
Source Texts: A Visible Wound by Julie Friedeberger (inspiration)
Character Breakdown: 7m,10f
Clare, Mary, Rebecca, Joan, Penny, Woman, Marilyn, Sally, Babbie, Sharon, Greek Doctor, Young Doctor, Mr. Lawrence, Simon, West Indian Doctor, Surgeon, Man
Time Period: Present Day
Synopsis of Play: Cancer Tales is a series of five linked, short plays by Nell Dunn that tell the story of seven women, either patients with cancer or close relatives. Each play tells one patient’s cancer journey, from diagnosis to either long remission or death, and they are interlinked with the action and dialogue switching seamlessly from one point of view to another. Strikingly, all the stories are true, taken down verbatim from conversations between Dunn and patients with cancer, carers, and medical professionals.
First Performance Date: November 5th, 2001
First Producer: Royal Academy of Dramatic Art
Performance History: Cancer Tales was given a rehearsal reading at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts on 5 November 2001.
Entered by: Denise Gillman / Brooke Sanders