Two fantastic new performances are on their way to the Playhouse theatre this January and February:

A Pacifist’s Guide to the War on Cancer (26 Jan – 3 Feb)

Bryony Kimmings is on a mission to break the taboo of ‘the little c’, she’s had enough of hearing about battles, survivors and new leases of life, words that have helped her form this moving and comic performance. By looking behind pink ribbon campaigns and fun runs, Kimmings explores the reality of being effected by cancer, and is expected to blow everything you think you know about ‘the little c’ out of the water.

The idea for this production came when Kimmings was approached by Complcité producer Judith Dimant, who had recently been diagnosed with cancer. Kimmings then went on to visit patients suffering with the illness, spoke to doctors about their experiences and learnt from world leaders about the disease that has affect so many.

Kimmings is famous for her unique take 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). Her collaboration with Complcité, co-writer Brian Lobel and directer Kirsty Housley, with music by Tom Parkinson has now resulted in A Pacifist’s Guide to the War on Cancer being added to the list and performed for 9 consecutive nights at the Playhouse.

Gemma Bodinetz, artistic director at the Everyman & Playhouse said: “Complicité are a company that have set the bar for every ground-breaking theatre company in this country and indeed the world.  A Pacifist’s Guide… is a disarmingly brave and honest look at what’s like to have cancer. It manages to be both funny and heart-breaking but never sentimental. Based on verbatim testimony it is visually impactful with an amazing score.”

Tickets are on sale now and can be purchased by calling the Box Office on 0151 709 4776 or at:


A Passage to India (6-10 Feb)
The production transports audiences to Imperial India following the story of Aziz – an Indian doctor warned against becoming friends with the English. After ignoring the advice, Aziz finds himself in jail on a charge of sexual assault and racial tensions and prejudices are laid bare.
An adaptation of E.M. Forster’s novel, A Passage to India is a classic story which draws on fascinating and relevant subjects: love in a world divided by race, power and religion. Award winning theatre company Simple8 and Royal & Derngate, Northampton in association with Park Theatre is set to breathe new life into this 1924 novel, co-directed by Simon Dormandy who created The Hudsucker Proxy (2015).

Gemma Bodinetz, artistic director at the Everyman & Playhouse said: “Having worked so happily and with such joyous results on the Hudsucker Proxy we are thrilled once again to be home to one of Simon Dormandy’s collaborations.”

Original music is composed and performed live by legendary composer, Kuljit Bhamra. One of the most prolific musicians, composers and producers on the British Asian music scene. Bhamra has worked on film and stage scores including Bend It Like Beckham and holds an MBE for his services to Bhangra and British Asian music.

A Passage to India visits the Playhouse for seven performances from 6-10 February. Tickets are on sale now and available at: or via the Everyman Box Office on 0151 709 4776.