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Margaret Edson

24th - 31st January 2004
Director: Dave Midgley

Vivian Bearing, Ph.D., a renowned professor of English who has spent years studying and teaching the brilliantly difficult Holy Sonnets of the metaphysical poet John Donne, has been diagnosed with terminal ovarian cancer. Her approach to her illness is not unlike her approach to the study of Donne: aggressively probing and intensely rational. But during the course of her illness - and her stint as a prize patient in an experimental chemotherapy program at a major teaching hospital - Vivian comes to reassess her life and her work with a profundity and humor that are transformative both for her and for the audience.

Vivian Bearing Christina Theobald
Dr. Jason Posner Ian Mairs
Dr Kelekian Brian Stoner
Susie Monahan Jane Anderson
Prof E. M Ashford Violet Pope
Mr Bearing Brian Stoner
Doctors / Students / Technicians
Michelle Anderson, Sally Egginton, Darren Smith
Stage Manager Clare Lewis
ASMs Debbie Goodman
Michelle Anderson
Sally Egginton
Darren Smith
Continuity Margaret Seddon
Lighting Chris Hills
Bruce Williams
Sound Jan Atkinson
Properties Debbie Goodman
Set Design Mike Rogerson
Set Construction Dave Midgley
Ronnie Dykstra
Brian Stoner
Special Makeup Effects Jodie Murphy
Natasha Litwinenk
Joanna Robson
Hospital Equipment by Macclesfield District General Hospital
Mediprop Ltd, Ashton-Under-Lyne
The Director would like to thank the following for their invaluable help with this production
James Middleton and Mike Smith - Macclesfield Hospital
Elaine Jones and team - Revealtions School of Makeup, Stockport
Nick Capey - Manchester Royal Infirmary
Oncology Nurse - Emma Nicholas, Guys Hospital, London
Dr Stephanie Killick - St Annes Hospice, Heald Green
This play is kindly sponsored by
SC and P Jones, Builders and Plumbers Merchants