Happy Ending

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WHAT IS IT ABOUT?

Based on her personal experiences of living with and succumbing to cancer, Anat Gov's play tackles difficult life choices, presenting with sincerity and matter-of-fact humour the treatment of illness in all its highs, lows, dignities and absurdities. Translated from Hebrew and adapted by Hilla Bar and with music by composers Shlomi Shaban and Michal Solomon, this UK premiere is about the nature of courage, the role of treatment and the choices that we didn't know we could make, touching all aspects of living with illness and teaching that the question isn't "to be or not to be": it's how to be. Carrie Evans, a theatre star in her late forties, arrives at an Oncology clinic to begin a series of treatments to prolong her life. From her interactions with doctors and talking to other patients who will try anything from drugs with unpronounceable names to horse's milk to cannabis smoking, she finally reaches liberation in her realisation that there is always a choice.

UK Premiere. Israeli playwright Anat Gov died from cancer aged 58 in 2012, four years after she was diagnosed with the disease. Happy Ending won the Nissim Aloni award for Original Writing in 2011 and the Gottlieb and Hannah Rosenblum Performing Arts Award in 2012.

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Happy Ending (Arcola Theatre) - 4 Feb 2015

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