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By Jarrod• 24 Sep 2015
Medicine and theatre are two professions that don’t necessarily go hand in hand - but Wellington playwright and paediatrician Renee Liang straddles both with aplomb.
Liang’s latest play is directly inspired by her work in paediatrics. The Quiet Room, premiering at BATS Theatre this week, tells the story of Marianne, a teenager with leukemia. Marianne is about to turn 16, the age at which she can make her own decisions about the treatment she receives - an event which may put her at odds both with her mother and her doctor, both of whom have their own ideas about what’s best.
Combining drama, black comedy, and romance, The Quiet Room promises to be an uplifting and engaging work, which speaks to anyone whose life has been affected by cancer, and aims to reflect the experiences of young people living with it. To this end, the creative team behind The Quiet Room have partnered with CanTeen. CanTeen members are supporting and advising the production - and perhaps most importantly, everyone who attends the show will be raising money for this vital charity. $2 from every ticket sold for The Quiet Room will go to CanTeen, helping to fund its programmes for 13-24 year olds.
If you’d like to give even more to CanTeen, then you can also go to a special gala night of The Quiet Room on Wednesday 30 September. This special event includes a Q&A with CanTeen members who have lived with cancer, as well as The Quiet Room’s cast and crew.
The Quiet Room was a finalist for the Adam NZ Play Award in 2013, and the winner of Playmarket’s Plays for the Young (Teens) Award in 2014, so it’s great to finally see it take to the stage - especially supporting such a good cause.