Down There


A play by women about two women and cervical cancer.

SKU: 92
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Producer: Yorkshire Women Theatre
Year Produced: 1987
Running time: 45 minutes
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A play by Yorkshire Womens Theatre which uses humour, songs and pathos to follow the experiences of Val and Hayley, who discover they may have cervical cancer. It shows their laughter and fears as they trace their way through a maze of misinformation and medical jargon. “..dealt with a potentially embarrassing, delicate and fearful subject with enormous sensitivity, humour and clarity”.

*Suitably adapted the cancer information and the means of presenting the information might be useful in trying to raise cancer awareness in the ‘hard to reach communities’ (immigrants with poor or no English, Travellers, those unable to read.)

Reviewed 2012 by Margaret Calvert
Remains valuable in the areas of patient experience and clinical communication skills training.
Historical/research value: social history; theatre history; film history; feminist history; medical history; medical humanities.
Screening programmes introduced after the production of the film; treatment options unchanged; possible role of social status and HPV noted.
Technical quality: fair/good.

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