Vlaams Cultuurhuis de Brakke Grond, Rode Zaal
Inspired by Angela El-Zeind's own breast cancer, and based on interviews she conducted with 21 women affected by the same disease, this is a powerful performance which uses prose, choreography, and film, to explore themes of identity, sex, resilience, body image, grief and relationships. It is a raw, funny, honest and beautiful insight into what can happen when your life as you know it, stops. And then starts again.
Rebel Boob is a play about breast cancer – but it’s not really about breast cancer. Using interviews of women with a primary diagnosis, this is a post-verbatim multimedia performance which uses prose, choreography and film, to explore themes of identity, priorities, resilience, body image, grief and relationships. This play is not about chemotherapy and it’s not about death (though we may talk about it a bit!); this play is about life, re-evaluating who you are, living in the present,& the unexpected silver linings along the way. It is a raw, funny, & beautiful insight into what can happen when life as you know it stops & then starts again.
"When it comes to a somewhat frightening topic like cancer, many people seem to automatically shut down emotionally when talking about it, almost denying it exists. However, this is not the case with local theatre company Speak Up! Act Out! An extremely insightful and powerful experience… not to be missed”
Sascha Cooper Broadway Baby
“The audience is constantly reminded of what it is to be human. Tonight’s performance was deservedly met with a ‘sell out’ box office and standing ovation which speaks louder than any words I could possibly use here…”
"So many elements to absorb, so well balanced with heartbreak and humour , dialogue and movement. It was consuming and entertaining and educational and inspiring . I so enjoyed every aspect of it - all the performances bringing different qualities and stories but meeting each other to bond and fully connect in that place of shared experience.”
"Watching the performance gave me the opportunity to start to understand the challenging feelings that breast patients experience. As an audience member I went through the whole spectrum of emotions, I laughed, I cried, I thought about my own mortality but overwhelmingly I came away with a feeling of positivity. I came away with a better understanding and empathy not just for the brave breast cancer patients but probably humanity and community itself, we are in it together but we all have our own unique stories. A fantastic experience."
"Everyone needs to see this show! As someone who has been through cancer treatment I found 'Rebel Boob’ incredibly moving, funny and inspiring in equal measure. Not only did it resonate deeply with my own experiences of breast cancer and also melanoma, but it educated (and entertained!) the friends who came with me and who said, afterwards, that they understood so much more about those living with and beyond cancer.”
Dr Niki Strange