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Epilepsy play opens in London

29 July, 2003

A dark comedy telling the story of a teenage girl who develops epilepsy gets its first performance this week.

Written by writer/director Lucy Gordon Clark and based on a true story, 'A Little Life' tells the story of Millie who develops epilepsy in her late teens as a result of suffering a brain haemorrhage. The play examines the effect this event has upon her life and that of those around her.

In development for the past two years, 'A Little Life' is a very personal project for Lucy who herself developed epilepsy at the age of seventeen as a result of an operation after suffering a brain haemorrhage. The play, performed by the Hopeful Monsters Theatre Company, began with a workshop at the Old Vic Theatre is London attended by persons with epilepsy, carers, friends and family and interested people who had little or no previous experience of the condition. From there the play has developed to its current form and this will be its first performance.

The theatre company feels that epilepsy is a subject which is under-represented in the arts and with this production they hope to go some way towards addressing that. After this run, the company are aiming to produce it again for a longer run in London later this year and tour the production around the country alongside workshops for young people.

The play runs at the Arcola Theatre, Arcola Street, London, E8 from Monday 4 to Saturday 9 August.