Toby Peach
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An Edinburgh Fringe Festival show about Cancer

Toby Peach
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25 Jul 2015

I'm off to Edinburgh Fringe Festival with a show called 'The Eulogy of Toby Peach', which follows my journey of being diagnosed with Hodgkin's Lymphoma

Edinburgh Fringe Festival plays host to a vast variety of shows about every topic you could ever think of. This year it'll also host my solo show 'The Eulogy of Toby Peach', which won the IdeasTap Underbelly Award.

I should start by saying this is a true-story, I'm 4 years in remission with Hodgkin's Lymphoma. The show stems from a fascination into the disease that nearly killed me and the treatments that saved my life. I wanted to talk about this subject that we see as taboo as I realised that I didn't understand what it was before I had it and even when I was going through treatment. I began asking that question 'What the hell just happened!?' and 'How am I still here?', two very common questions for Cancer patients, along with the troublesome 'Why me?'. 

I could take you through the whole show but I wouldn't want to spoil it, however, here is the blurb.

Join Toby as he enters the (not so) exclusive Cancer Club; sample chemotherapy cocktails, select the perfect funeral playlist and marvel at Willy Wonka’s life-saving stem cell machine. From diagnosis to remission, relapse and treatment, experience a young man's journey with cancer in this honest, fascinating and inspiring exploration of modern science and the wonders of the human body. The Eulogy of Toby Peach is a discovery of self-mortality and this original piece explores a true story and an important and difficult subject in a refreshing, insightful and humorous way.

The show is on at the Iron Belly, Underbelly in Edinburgh between 6-30th August (not 17th) and tickets can be purchased here

We are currently trying to raise the funds to get us to Edinburgh and with 12 days to go with have £2000 to go. If you can help us make this show and make this difficult subject matter accessible then please help us on our kickstarter- anything you can help with would be fantastic.

The show has had some wonderful responses in our Previews and I hope it will have a life after Edinburgh. We've been working with Lymphoma & Leukaemia Research, Anthony Nolan and TrekStock to offer support around the show. If you want to chat to me about it then please drop me a line.