The first outing for this participant-led music theatre initiative. Set to the instrumental score of Michael Torke and Chris Rawlence’s Channel 4 opera, King of Hearts
1. Lifestories (The Mariners 1) (3:12)
We meet the real people this show is based on – Jenny, Glassine, Muriel and Collette – who are all living with a life-threatening illness. The scene is set. Glassine will play herself. Professionals Jill, Sarah, and Mary play the others. Don’t let a little thing like cancer get you down..
2. Diagnosis (4:49)
Each character recalls the shock of diagnosis – a life-changing event that no-one is quite ready for….
3. Jenny’s train journey (1:55)
Facing her own mortality, the most ordinary things Jenny sees from a train window take on a magical intensity.
4. The Drink (8:54)
The simplest tasks we take for granted may become a huge challenge when we’re ill – like picking up a mug.
5.Just like a black girl (2:38)
Collette and Muriel return to their teenage years, long before their bodies let them down. They recall the joys of netball, which Collette played ‘just like a black girl.’
7. The real Glassine (4:11)
Glassine treks the world. She flees illness in search of the holiday of a lifetime. But when she returns home….