Identities, a play about boobs

Karen Neville


Close To Home Productions, a female-led group of artists, have created a play about boobs. Exploring womanhood, our breasts and the adventures they go on; good and bad

From bra fittings to breast cancer diagnosis, Lucy’s boobs tell her story in 60 minutes – the time it takes to perform a standard lumpectomy.

After a successful 5* tour in 2022, Close To Home are thrilled to be touring the UK again with their debut play. Supported by Culture Warrington, Prevent Breast Cancer and Arts Council England coming the Oxford Playhouse on 27th (with a Q&A) and 28th September.

Identities was inspired by writer Rae Bell’s personal story. Her mum Marion was diagnosed with breast cancer when Rae was just 13. Marion got the all-clear about 13 years ago but it was not long after Rae started to write a play about the subject that she had her own health scare, finding a lump on her right breast. More information on Rae’s story here.

Working alongside Prevent Breast Cancer and a cohort of artists from the North West, the team have spoken with those who have had breast cancer and those who treat them, intertwining all the stories to form identities. Prevent Breast Cancer is the only UK breast cancer charity funding ground-breaking research solely aimed at preventing the disease future generations.

Community outreach and Workshops

Alongside the studio tour, the company has developed a version of the show to take to community spaces throughout the tour including; Breast Cancer Support Groups, Hospital Trusts, Women’s Groups and Women’s Interfaith groups. Aiming to provide information in an entertaining, impactful way to those who would not usually have access to this or are not likely to attend the theatre. These performances are Pay-What-You-Decide, supported by Arts Council England.

In addition to the performances, the company will be taking workshops into local schools and universities (ages 15+). This practical workshop will explore play, collaboration and devising that allows you to delve into the Close to Home methodology. The workshop offers participants the opportunity to gain confidence and realise how accessible and fun theatre making can be.

At every venue a post-show Q&A will be held. With the support of Prevent Breast Cancer, this will be an opportunity to engage further with audiences with the topics of the play and the creative process.