Instant Reaction presents Cancer Time by Gary Owen



Instant Reaction in association with Venue 13 presents An Edinburgh Preview of

Cancer Time by Gary Owen

Directed and performed by Alex Bull and Emily Rees. Technically supported by the RWCMD.
WARNING: Contains strong language. Certified 15+.

“Another New Company in 2011 to Enrich Welsh Theatre.” -''

The show previews at: in London at Theatre503, July 18 at 7pm

and in The Bute theatre, RWCMD, July 24 at 7.30pm.


At the Fringe... 

Find us at: Venue 13, Lochend Close – just off the Royal Mile, near the Parliament building.
Be there at: 1.15pm on August 3 - 18 (excluding August 13) and 2.30pm August 19 - 25
Stay there for: 50mins
Give the Box Office: £8 & £5 concessions
Alternatively: 07074 201313 or email
Or contact INSTANT REACTION direct on: 07834 287363 or email Check out our tour details and reviews on:

“We’re allotted fag breaks, so we can work up a nice mid-life cancer, give ourselves a bit of light at the end of the tunnel.”

What’s it about?: Cancer Time is a dark comedy following two work colleagues Mared and Iola at a South Wales call centre. Initially strangers, they get to know each other during their ‘fag breaks’ where they bond through witty conversation discussing their personal lives and mundane work lives until interrupted by a very real tragedy.


Where are we going and where have we been?:
NOVEMBER 2011 CANCER TIME MADE THEIR FIRST PERFORMANCE AT ABERYSTWYTH ARTS CENTRE. Gaining excellent reviews and credibility gave Emily and Alex the opportunity to perform at Covent Garden’s Hospital Garden, London’s Theatre 503 and of course, the Edinburgh Fringe Festival.


What have others said?:
“The acting is impressive.... a stillness after the applause is palpable..... you can smell an audience that is satisfied.... Deeply touched”.
– Adam Somerset.
“Alex Bull and Emily Rees deftly handled the script’s fast patter, building an easy rapport ...between an air-headed, peroxide blonde office worker and her butchy counterpart.” - HS Birkett.

Who thought this up?:
 “As ever Owen proves himself a master at creating a world that seems ordinary and yet has something strange and dark stalking it at the edges”

Gary Owen is an award winning playwright and script editor at BBC Wales Drama.  For more information go to

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