REVIEW ROUND-UP: A Pacifist’s Guide to the War on Cancer at the National Theatre

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This new Complicite musical by Bryony Kimmings, looking at life when you have been diagnosed with cancer, runs at the National Theatre until 29 November 2016. Do critics think it is a strong and worthy musical? 

The Guardian:  “The show is bold in confronting cancer with ebullient music rather than hushed reverence.”

The Independent:  “Directed with a terrific dark gusto by Kimmings.”

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The Stage: ★ “the show is a tender and healing shared experience.”

A Younger Theatre: “There’s no doubt that it will shift some opinions on how to act around someone who is afflicted by cancer, and that in itself is a triumph.”

Time Out:  “f it was glossier it might be mawkish, but it’s here that Kimmings and Lobel’s DIY roots show through – it feels like a healing, empowering art project that really has something to say, confronting the prosaic, oft-concealed reality of life with cancer head-on.”

The Telegraph: ★ “For all its artistic shortcomings, I might yet have gone with War On Cancer’s fuzzy charm were it not for the way it coerces its audience into becoming part of an open therapy session.”

The Times:  “Just because it’s a musical doesn’t mean it can’t be boring or depressing. This one from the Complicite theatre company certainly had more than a few moments of both.”

Financial Times: ★ “I can’t recall when last I felt so flagrantly emotionally blackmailed by a stage piece.”

London Theatre.co.uk: ★ “Performed by a tremendous ensemble cast, there isn’t a show around quite like it. It deserves to be seen.”

Broadway World:  “Uneven, but a bold and challenging show that just about solves the paradox of advocating for truth through a work of fiction.”

The Upcoming: ★ “a frank discussion of the realities of illness, one that can hopefully provoke a more honest discourse in the lives of those in attendance.”

Musical Theatre Review: ★ “Judged by its musical elements alone, A Pacifist’s Guide to the War On Cancer would be of mild, ineffective interest; as a complete piece it is far stronger and more powerful than one could believe.”

 

 

 

 

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Emma Clarendon studied drama through A-Level before deciding she was much better suited to writing about theatre than appearing onstage. She’s written for a number of online publications ever since, including The News Hub and Art Info. Emma set up her own blog, Love London Love Culture, in April 2015 and tweets at LoveLDNLoveCul.
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Emma Clarendon studied drama through A-Level before deciding she was much better suited to writing about theatre than appearing onstage. She’s written for a number of online publications ever since, including The News Hub and Art Info. Emma set up her own blog, Love London Love Culture, in April 2015 and tweets at LoveLDNLoveCul.

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