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The Performance of Dying

BMJ 2003; 326 doi: (Published 01 June 2003) Cite this as: BMJ 2003;326:0306215
  1. Monica Desai, fourth year medical student1
  1. 1Imperial College London

Those who have seen the Vagina Monologues will appreciate the poignancy of a collation of monologues or dialogues about an emotive and sometimes taboo subject. In a similar fashion, Nell Dunns Cancer Tales uses the stories of seven women and one man whose lives have been affected by cancer. They relate their stories, the way in which cancer affected their lives and relationships, and the interactions they had with doctors.


Nell Dunn, author of Cancer Tales

An excerpt from Cancer Tales was one of the four pieces of theatre used in The Performance of Dying, a session run jointly by Kings College London and the Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts as part of their “Art of Dying” series. Each of the four plays (Cancer Tales, Spoonface Steinberg, Tis Pity Shes a Whore, and Tomorrows News) illuminated the variety of different emotions involved …

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