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Cancer. A funny old business?

  • Alistair Barrie at Theatre Severn, Shrewsbury. Things to do in Shropshire

Comedian, actor and writer Alistair Barrie is one of the most sought after performers on the international comedy circuit. He has worked throughout the UK and Ireland, as well as the USA, Australia, Abu Dhabi, and Indonesia.  He’s even performed on top of a mountain in France! But this June Alistair will be heading for the tranquil county of Shropshire as he performs his new show ‘No More Stage Three’ at Shrewsbury’s Theatre Severn

Alistair got married in December 2014 and in January 2015, his wife was diagnosed with breast cancer, which gave Alistair some perspective on what really constitutes bad news. 

‘No More Stage Three’ is the show Alistair wrote about his, and his wife’s, experiences and covers the downs and occasional ups of watching your partner go through treatment for a life-threatening disease.

Alistair’s story will be familiar to many, Breast cancer is the most commonly diagnosed cancer in women and more than 50,000 women are diagnosed with the disease every year in the UK alone, which means one in eight women in the UK will develop breast cancer at some point in their lifetime. 

Thankfully more women than ever are surviving breast cancer thanks to better awareness, better screening and better treatments, Alistair hopes that his show will help build awareness of the disease. Indeed, Alistair has become a tireless fundraiser for Breast Cancer Now, and recently completed the London Marathon for the cause. A percentage of the tickets sold for the event will also go to Breast Cancer Now. 

Alistair said ‘We’re nearly at the end of what most cancer sufferers hate to hear being called their ‘journey’. Emily has a couple of drug treatments and a final reconstruction to go. Then maybe a little light nipple tattooing and we can get on with being a relatively boring married couple as we’d originally intended. What I have learned though, is what an astonishing woman I married (I knew that before, but cancer really has a way of emphasising things.)’

‘I have met some amazing people across the world doing the show, and proved that laughter may not be the best actual medicine, but it can certainly help.  I also learned that I can run a marathon, and thanks to the enormous generosity of people who have sponsored me and seen the show in Edinburgh, Athens, Australia, Norway and all across the UK, I have raised over £20,000 for breast cancer charities. I’ve also raised plenty of laughs, lots of chuckles and a decent collection of smiles, and can’t wait to do so again in sunny Shropshire.’

So yes, it’s a comedy show about cancer. But we promise it’s a lot funnier than that sounds. 

Alistair Barrie will be performing ‘No More Stage Three’ at Shrewsbury’s Theatre Severn on June 19th Tickets are available via the Box Office (01743 281 281) or by visiting the Theatre Severn website. If you would like to help Alistair to raise money for Breast Cancer Now visit his ‘Just Giving’ page.
 

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