Brian Lobel

Ball and Other Funny Stories About Cancer

####In Brief

Brian Lobel

Unexpected, humorous and provocative story of cancer survival. You’ll laugh. You’ll cry. You’ll want to perform a self-exam.

Part of Flying Solo Festival, SPECIAL OFFER: book tickets for two Flying Solo shows for £12/8

Brian Lobel will lead a CAMP LIVE ART Workshop on Thu 8 March, 10am to 4pm. FREE with a show ticket, booking via 0161 274 0600.

####Who is he?

Brian Lobel creates performances about isolated bodies and the dilemma of community and interactivity. Lobel has shown work in a range of contexts, from medical schools to galleries, cabarets to museums. Performances include Cruising for Art (Victoria & Albert Museum, London, and Forest Fringe, Edinburgh), Hold My Hand and We’re Halfway There (Sadler’s Wells, Shunt, and with the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, New York), BALL (in over 70 cities internationally and published by Routledge in Understanding Disability Studies and Performance Studies, 2010), Other Funny Stories About Cancer, and An Appreciation(Duckie, Bristol Old Vic, PSi Toronto and Purex, Lisbon).

In 2008, Lobel received a Wellcome Trust Arts Award for Fun With Cancer Patients, a grant from the Jerwood Charitable Foundation for Carpe Minuta Prima in 2010, a commission from motiroti for Purge in 2011 and professional development funding from ACE in 2012. He is a Teaching Associate at Queen Mary, University of London, a Supported Artist at The Basement in Brighton and an Associate Artist for Clod Ensemble’s Performing Medicine.

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####What people have said about him

endearingly brave. - The Economist

a raw, powerful piece… a show that is deeply touching in more ways than one. - The Guardian

a raw and ambitious performance. - Chicago Reader


Unexpected, quirky and provocative, BALL & Other Funny Stories About Cancer is a unique performance about illness and the changing body over time. Presented by Brian Lobel in one evening for the first time ever, his trilogy of work written in 2003, 2006 and 2009 challenges the stories of cancer survivors and cancer 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.

Starting from the moment of diagnosis with testicular cancer in 2001, Ball… goes beyond stories of cancer treatments to explore sexuality, gender and politics. Each of the three performances has toured extensively throughout the world in theatres, cabarets, medical schools and galleries. Putting the three shows together as one, BALL & Other Funny Stories About Cancer attempts to show that surviving cancer is only half the battle.

You’ll laugh, you’ll cry, you’ll want to perform a self-exam.
Running Time: 70 Minutes

official Ball website.


CAMP LIVE ART - Thursday 8 March, 10am to 4pm. 
FREE with performance ticket
The workshop, CAMP LIVE ART, is meant for performers who are interested in interactive work. Using the model of American Summer Camps, workshop participants will create games with and for each other, exploring the artistic, political and personal potential inside creative play, competition and co-operation. Brian Lobel is a former American Summer Camp counsellor and was the activity programmer for Seeds of Peace International Camp - a camp working with children from Palestine/Israel, and India/Pakistan. He uses this experience to directly relate to his understandings about audiences and interactivity, using instructions as a form of dramaturgy. He loves games and is extremely competitive and hopefully all workshop participants will be too.

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Performance Collection Spring/Summer 2012

Fri 17 Feb, 7.30pm. Zion Arts Centre/Z-arts
What I Heard About The World
Wed 7 Mar, 9pm + Thu 8 Mar, 7.30pm. Contact
Ball & Other Funny Stories About Cancer
Thu 8 Mar, 9pm. Contact
The Making of Bull: The True Story
Fri 16 Mar, 7.30pm. Zion Arts Centre/Z-arts
Sampler Series
Fri 20 Apr, 7.30pm. Zion Arts Centre/Z-arts
Sampler Series
Thu 3 — Sat 5 May, 7.30pm. Contact
Turn 2012
Fri 18 May, 7.30pm. Z-arts
Sampler Series
Thu 31 May, 7.30pm. Contact
Works Ahead 2012: Performances
Fri 1 Jun, 4-9pm. Contact
Works Ahead 2012: Interactions
Fri 8 + Sat 9 Jun. Z-arts
Sampler Series meets Flare Weekender
Sat 21 Jul, 12noon-5pm. St Ann's Square
Hazard 2012