New theatre play written by NHNN patient 

26/02/2016 00:00 
A patient treated at the National Hospital for Neurology and Neurosurgery for a brain tumour has written a play about his experience.

Theatre director Marc Day spent some time at the NHNN in 2013 after he was diagnosed following a prolonged period of headaches and three seizures, the third on the day of surgery to remove part of the tumour.

After surgery under Andrew McEvoy, Marc went through 36 sessions of radiotherapy and six cycles of six-weekly chemotherapy sessions. The tumour, though shrunk, remains and as such Day cannot be classed as in remission, or the tumour benign. 

Throughout his treatment Marc documented his thoughts and feelings, often in a coffee shop before his appointments. The outcome of this process is Brains, a thought-provoking, poignant and often humorous, reflective of Day’s own approach to his diagnosis.

Brains: A Personal Story, is on at the Dugdale Centre in Enfield between 8 and 10 10 March. It uses spoken word and music to explore the emotions experienced by both the patient and loved ones from diagnosis through to treatment and beyond, while raising awareness about this unspoken medical condition. 

Marc said: “More people under the age of 40 die of a brain tumour than from any other cancer so I wanted to use this theatre piece, and my personal experience, to improve social awareness of the disease.

“Where possible, I have used humour to make the piece upbeat with more appeal to audiences. Humour played a part along my journey as I made certain observations, making sense of things.”


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