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Special offer – buy Brian Lobel’s CANCER CANCER CANCER CANCER CANCER DVD and the Ball & other funny stories about cancer book together for only £20.00 (usual price £25).


CANCER CANCER CANCER CANCER CANCER brings together 10 years of performance and Live Art projects by Brian Lobel made in response to, well, cancer.

This double-DVD set includes excerpts and full stage performances of the BALL & Other Funny Stories About Cancer trilogy as well as documenting his installationsCarpe Minuta Prima and Hold My Hand And We’re Halfway There.

Also included are two short films made as part of Fun with Cancer Patients, a project exploring how Live Art methodologies can document the experience of illness.

Unexpected, provocative and irreverent this collection of performances demonstrates that cancer might be more than just a horrifying malignancy – it may just be a life’s work.

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Ball & other funny stories about cancer

Unexpected, quirky and provocative, BALL & Other Funny Stories About Cancer is a unique collection of performances about illness and the changing body over time.

Documenting a trilogy of Brian Lobel’s monologue performances from 2001- 2011, this collection challenges the inspirational stories of survivors and martyrs that have come before, infusing the ‘cancer story’ with an urgency and humour which is sometimes inappropriate, often salacious and always, above all else, honest and open.

Published together for the first time, this collection of performances goes beyond the chemotherapy to include reflections on politics, sexuality and gender, providing cancer and cancer narratives with a much-deserved kick in the ball(s).

Oberon Modern Plays, 2012. 88 pages, black and white. 21cm x 13cm.

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Brian Lobel

Brian Lobel creates performances about bodies and how they are watched, policed, poked, prodded, and loved by others. The New York-born, London-based Lobel has shown work internationally in a range of contexts, from medical schools to galleries, cabarets to museums, marketplaces to forests, blending provocative humor with insightful reflection. For more information: