Seymour Centre presents a Complicité Associates and Bryony Kimmings production

A Pacifist’s Guide to the War on Cancer

22 - 29 Mar 2018

A vital confrontation, extraordinary ★★★★

The Observer


Let’s talk about cancer…that’s a bit heavy!


We keep hearing about battles, survivors, fun runs and pink ribbons. Surely there’s more to talk about?


International award-winning theatre company Complicité have dared to be different by creating an uplifting play with songs about this scary topic.


A Pacifist’s Guide to the War on Cancer is a funny, moving show about newfound friendships, pain and death, mundane treatment cycles, hairlessness and scars…with songs and dancing.


Led by Bryony Kimmings, this production will blow everything you think you know about cancer out of the water.


Kimmings is famous for her unique takes on taboo topics—from her sexual health Sex Idiot, to her boyfriend’s depression Fake It ’Til You Make It, to her search for positive role models for her teenage niece Credible, Likeable, Superstar, Role Model.


Last seen in Sydney with their smash hit show, The Encounter, Complicité, returns to the Seymour for the first time since their critically acclaimed seasons of The Winter’s Tale, The Three Lives of Lucie Cabrol and The Street of Crocodiles.


Sydney Ideas Q&A – Tue 27 Mar 7:30pm – Living Well With Cancer

Following the performance there will be a discussion with leading medical professionals to share latest research and innovations in cancer treatment. They will be joined by cast members from the show.


  • Prof Madeleine King, Cancer Australia Chair in Cancer Quality of Life; Director, Quality of Life Office, University of Sydney and member of the University’s cancer research network.
  • Dr Judith Lacey: Head of Supportive Care and Integrative Oncology at Chris O’Brien Lifehouse. Her primary interest is in the development and integration of supportive care interventions to keep people living well with cancer independent of prognosis or stage of disease. Dr Lacey has held various expert advisory roles regarding palliative and supportive care service delivery and development for The Cancer Institute, Cancer Council and other bodies in Australia.
  • Professor Janette Vardy: a medical oncologist working as a clinician researcher at the University of Sydney.  In 2013 she established the Sydney Survivorship Centre at Concord Cancer Centre.


This production contains coarse language and adult themes
Recommended for ages 14+

The Little c is a documentary about the making of the production.


With special thanks to our sponsor Rydges Camperdown

Rydges Camperdown is in the heart of the Inner West, within close proximity to the hustle and bustle of Sydney’s vibrant CBD.  This 3.5 star hotel is a 5 minute taxi ride or short bus ride away from the Seymour Centre. Rydges Camperdown is the preferred accommodation choice for the Seymour Centre and are delighted to offer a special accommodation rate. For bookings, contact our friendly reservations team on 9516 1522, or email and be sure to mention the promotion code ‘Seymour Centre’.






Written by Bryony Kimmings and Brian Lobel with Kirsty Housley

Music by Tom Parkinson

Directed by Kirsty Housley



Eva Alexander

Bryony Kimmings

Gemma Storr

Lottie Vallis

Lara Veitch

Elizabeth Esguerra


Set and Costume Design Lucy Osborne

Choreography Sarah Blanc

Lighting Design Marec Joyce

Sound Design Lewis Gibson

Assistant Director Michal Keyamo


Originally a co-production with the National Theatre in association with HOME Manchester


Original Costume Design Christina Cunningham, Original Lighting Design Paul Anderson, Original Musical Director Marc Tritschler, Original Choreography Lizzi Gee

Photography Christa Holka

Image Art Direction David Curtis-Ring

Post Production Marcelo Dalle Grave


Tickets: School groups $28 (one teacher free per 20 students, additional teachers at student price)

Suitable for Years 11 – 12 (Stage 6 Preliminary – 6 HSC)