A Brighton Fringe performer is teaming up with Albion in the Community (AITC) to raise awareness of cancer.
Toby Peach is a theatre maker, performer and director. He was on the BBC Arts Fund’s Ones to Watch list in 2015 having completed his BBC Community Theatre fellowship with The Old Vic.
He has now linked up with the health team at AITC to bring his Eulogy of Toby Peach show to Komedia Studio in Gardner Street in Brighton on Saturday 6 May.
And the good news for festival goers is that tickets to the five-star, award-winning Edinburgh Fringe show are free.
The Eulogy of Toby Peach sees Peach discuss his own personal experience of cancer. He was diagnosed with Hodgkin’s Lymphoma, a cancer of the lymph nodes, at the age of 19 and again at 21. Prior to that he didn’t know what cancer was, what happens when it’s treated and the effects it can have.
From diagnosis to remission, relapse and treatment, The Eulogy of Toby Peach tells a young man’s journey with cancer through an honest, fascinating and inspiring exploration of modern science and the wonders of the human body.
Peach lifts the lid on his discovery of self-mortality and deals with an important and difficult subject in a refreshing, insightful and humorous way.
AITC is supporting the show as part of its Speak Up Against Cancer campaign – a city-wide initiative to increase awareness of signs and symptoms of cancer and improve local early detection rates.
Sue Brown, who runs the Speak Up Against Cancer campaign for AITC, is delighted to welcome Peach to Brighton and hopes as many people as possible take up the chance to see him on stage.
She said: “Toby’s story is an inspiring one and by offering a real insight into what he went through he demonstrates that although cancer is something that nobody wants, it is possible to come through treatment with positivity and the desire to help others. It is so important that people are encouraged to talk about cancer and their experiences, to help others overcome their fear.”
Speak Up Against Cancer is funded by NHS Brighton and Hove Clinical Commissioning Group and Brighton & Hove City Council Public Health.