“Do not be afraid cancer companions” tells the story of Anhong, a lung cancer survivor, who discovers the power of drama therapy in her recovery.
The plot mirrors the personal experiences of Shanghai-based director Dai Rong, who wrote the script while in remission.
“I wrote the play according to where I am in my own life. What my characters do in the play, I would ask myself what I would do in my own life,” says Dai Rong.
“So I just wrote how I lived, so it means a great deal to me. Writing also helped me to review the process of these past five years and how I overcame my fear and depression.”
But it’s not just her story. With a cast made up mostly of cancer patients, the production explores the experience of living with the disease.