[Perspectives] Telling the personal stories behind cancer at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe

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With half of Britons developing cancer at some point in their lives, it is perhaps unsurprising that cancer is featured so regularly by performers at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe, the world’s largest arts festival. Although breast cancer has featured heavily during previous festivals, this summer’s crop of shows covered a broad range of cancers, from testicular to non-Hodgkin lymphoma, and took in the origins of the hospice movement along the way. Three of the performances at the 2022 Fringe used contrasting formats to tell the personal stories of the people living with and dying from cancer, with two dramatic plays and a true story presented as a solo show.

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