Wallington mum suffering from breast cancer to star in play about her illness
A mum with breast cancer is to star in a play about her battle with the disease.
Single mum-of-three Yvonne Newbold, 53, from Wallington, was diagnosed with breast cancer a year ago and decided to write a blog all about the twists and turns of her cancer treatment at the Royal Marsden cancer hospital.
After the blog was a big hit with readers across the world she teamed up with Sheree Vickers the artistic director of a local theatre group, SAVVY Theatre Company, to write a play based on her blog stories.
The play called Coke Floats & Chemo will be launched at the Brighton Fringe Festival on May 18 and then followed up with a performance at the Charles Cryer Studio Theatre on July 4.
Mrs Newbold said: "When I got cancer I wanted to find a way to keep in touch with my friends and family on a minute by minute account.
"I had been the parent of a very seriously ill child - during the first two to three years of his life where we nearly lost him and I found that everybody wanted to know what was going on.
"The phone would go off the hook and you would have to report the same news twenty or thirty times."
Now when Mrs Newbold’s friends and family come to visit her they already know the latest update on her treatment and they can "get on with having a laugh".
She added: "No matter how down in the dumps I am somehow the funny side slips out.
"Everybody has laughed along the whole year with me.
"I suppose although cancer is ugly and awful some good nice things have come out of it. How else would I be out performing my story on a semi-professional stage? I have met such lovely people at the hospital and online doing the blog."
Mrs Newbold plays herself in the show but there is also a lookalike puppet that does and says all the things Mrs Newbold would secretly like to do.
The play will also be raising money for the Royal Marsden cancer hospital.
To keep up-to-date with the play visit https://www.facebook.com/CokeFloatsChemo
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