I was diagnosed with cervical cancer in November 2014. Since then, I've discovered through working with a charity called The Eve Appeal (link below), that around 22% of women don't attend their smear test appointments and 49% are too embarrassed to go to their doctor if they think there's a problem 'down below'. There's a stigma associated with gynaecological diseases, and a fear that surrounds talking about cancer; so I've decided to do something about it.
As a writer and performer, I have created my debut one-woman show called Karen Hobbs: Tumour Has It, which uses comedy and storytelling to challenge the stigma of having a gynaecological disease, raise awareness for cervical cancer, celebrate life and loudly tell cancer that it was barking up the wrong chuff.
I am taking the show to the Edinburgh Fringe Festival this year, where it will be performed at the Underbelly. However, the cost of actually producing a show of this nature, far exceeded my expectations and I would really appreciate any contributions to help me raise awareness for cancer and share my story.
A summary of the costs are shown below:
Venue Hire and Registration = £3,066
Production Costs = £1,674 (including sound design, theatre technician and production photos)
Marketing = £1,945 (including flyers, posters and brochure entry)
Promotional Materials = £500 (who wouldn't want to wear a badge that says 'it's just a vagina'?)
Thank you for taking the time to watch the video and read this description. I truly believe that we can use laughter to fight this scary disease together.
Lots of Love,