Lucy Light at Theatre N16
Friday 8 September 2017
Drama - London Fringe - Shows
Casting has been announced for Scott Ellis' inaugural directing assignment as Artistic Director of Theatre N16: Sarah Milton's heartfelt play, Lucy Light, about premature prophylactic mastectomy.
Image: Theatre N16
Lucy Light, written by Sarah Milton and presented by Theatre N16, tells the story of Jess and Lucy.
Starting when they're fifteen, the play maps the journey of Lucy's decision to have a premature bilateral prophylactic mastectomy (removal of both breasts).
We follow the girls from ages fifteen to twenty six, as they develop as women, deepen their understanding of their own identities, and battle with Lucy's knowledge of the likelihood that she will develop breast cancer.
What's it like to just develop your breasts and then be told it's wise to take them away?
This evocative, heartfelt piece seeks to examine female friendship and the choice of removing your breast tissue prematurely after diagnosis of the BRCA One gene (the gene that makes you 80% more likely to develop breast cancer) and the effect that the diagnosis has on women, both physically and psychologically.
Lucy Light began its journey on the week long HighTide Writer's Academy 2015, in association with Chichester Festival Theatre, for 16-25 year olds.
Sarah Milton was 23, and wrote the last scene first whilst attending the academy.
This scene was showcased at The HighTide Festival in Aldeburgh that same year.
After that, Sarah began writing the whole play.
In May 2016, Lucy Light was presented as one of the top six submitted plays to The Steyning Festival, West Sussex as a professional reading.
It now receives its full professional production from Theatre N16 this September and is Scott Ellis' inaugural production that he directs as Artistic Director for the venue.
The play stars Bebe Sanders and Georgia May Hughes.
Bebe graduated from the Bristol Old Vic Theatre School in 2013 and has since been in various projects including 3 Winters at The National Theatre, Twelfth Night at The Orange Tree Theatre and a variety of international shows with Jethro Compton.
She is currently in rehearsals for Pebbles, which she has written and will be performing in herself.
Georgia May graduated from the 3 year Acting course at Italia Conti this year.
She has recently filmed on Kay Mellor's new ITV drama Girlfriends.
Lucy Light is Georgia's professional stage debut.
Lucy Light is being presented in association, and in aid of, The Eve Appeal: the only UK national charity raising awareness and funding research into the five gynaecological cancers - ovarian, womb, cervical, vaginal and vulval - and also run a BRCA Protect research clinic.
They were set up to save women's lives by funding ground-breaking research focused on developing effective methods of risk prediction, earlier detection and developing screening for these women-only cancers.
September is Gynae Cancer Awareness Month.
Georgia May Hughes
Playwright: Sarah Milton
Director: Scott Ellis
Producer: Jamie Eastlake for Eastlake Productions/Theatre N16
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19 September to 7 October 2017