Com­i­cal take on can­cer jour­ney

Augusta Margaret River Times - - Front Page - Therese Col­man River An­gels founder Lynda Dono­van with Arts Mar­garet River man­ager An­drew Frith and mar­ket­ing man­ager Stephanie Kreutzer.

Com­edy and con­fes­sions will com­bine on stage next month when Arts Mar­garet River presents The Orchid and the Crow at The River Ho­tel.

Star­ring Daniel To­bias, of com­edy mu­si­cal duo Die Roten Punkte, this one-man play re­flects on To­bias’ real-life near-death ex­pe­ri­ence with can­cer.

To­bias grew up in a Jewish-athe­ist house­hold and in 2004, he was di­ag­nosed with stage four tes­tic­u­lar can­cer.

Try­ing to come to terms with the di­ag­no­sis, he went look­ing for “a God, any God” and found comfort in the story of seven-time Tour de France win­ner and can­cer sur­vivor Lance Arm­strong.

Now, of course, Arm­strong is a fallen an­gel fol­low­ing re­ports of per­for­mance dop­ing, and af­ter To­bias’ full re­cov­ery, he won­ders how many times he would be cheated by “a God”.

The play is a com­edy, but the story is about be­ing let down by your heroes time and time again.

Arts Mar­garet River has part­nered with lo­cal char­ity River An­gels and $5 from every ticket sold will be do­nated to the or­gan­i­sa­tion.

River An­gels founder Lynda Dono­van said pro­ceeds would help fam­i­lies with can­cer.

“This show is par­tic­u­larly rel­e­vant for River An­gels as it deals with the ac­tor’s per­sonal ex­pe­ri­ence with tes­tic­u­lar can­cer,” she said.

“The as­so­ci­a­tion with Arts Mar­garet River also puts River An­gels in touch with a wider sec­tion of the com­mu­nity.

“The money raised from this event will go to­wards pur­chas­ing fire­wood for our fam­i­lies.”

The Orchid and the Crow will be per­formed at The River Ho­tel in Mar­garet River on Thurs­day, Septem­ber 6. Tick­ets are avail­able from arts­mar­gare­triver.com.

Pic­ture: Therese Col­man

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