Drama based on teenager's experiences of cystic fibrosis

PUBLISHED: 12:00 28 June 2017

Students from theschool rehearsing for their performance about Ellie's experiences of cystic fibrosis.

Students from theschool rehearsing for their performance about Ellie's experiences of cystic fibrosis.

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Drama students from North Somerset have created their own play based on one pupil's experiences of living with cystic fibrosis.

Pupils from theschool of Contemporary Dance and the Performing Arts wanted to put on a show to raise awareness about the degenerative condition which their friend, and fellow performer, Ellie Scott-Brown suffers from.

The play, entitled An Awfully Big Adventure, is inspired by the conspiracy that JM Barrie wrote Peter Pan.

Students from theschool, which meets in Nailsea, created their own abstract interpretation of the idea based on Ellie’s experience of living with cystic fibrosis.

Ellie, aged 17, who has been a member of theschool for almost three years, said: “They came up with the idea and asked how I would feel about it. I said it would be amazing. I feel really honoured.

“People definitely treat me differently when they find out I’ve got an illness.

“Not many people know much about cystic fibrosis which is probably one of the hardest things to deal with.

“Some people are scared to ask, but I’m happy with people asking questions.

“I hope this play will raise awareness about the condition.”

Cystic fibrosis is a life-shortening condition and only half of sufferers will reach the age of 40.

The inherited disease is caused by a faulty gene which slowly destroys the lungs and digestive system.

The gene controls the movement of salt and water in and out of the cells, so the lungs and digestive system become clogged with mucus, making it hard to breathe and digest food.

The drama students created monologues about Ellie’s experiences which allowed them to explore illness, mortality, resilience and empathy.

It was then structured into a theatrical piece which includes dance, song and music to express the stages of long term, degenerative illnesses.

The performance is being held on July 1 at Nailsea School, in Mizzymead Road, at 7pm and money from the performance will be donated to The Cystic Fibrosis Trust.

To book tickets for the show, visit www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/an-awfully-big-adventure-tickets-34820632449 or you can pay on the door on the night.

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