Identities, a play about boobs

Karen Neville

breast cancer

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.

Wear it pink day

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Wear it pink is back! This October, Breast Cancer Now is encouraging everyone in Oxfordshire to wear it pink and help make life-saving breast cancer research and life-changing support happen.

Breast Cancer Now’s wear it pink day takes place across Oxfordshire today (Friday, 18th October), during Breast Cancer Awareness Month. One of the UK’s biggest fundraising events, the event has had an enormous impact on the lives of those affected by breast cancer since launching in 2002 and has raised over £33million for breast cancer research to date.

Anyone can take part in wear it pink. Some people will choose to hold a cake sale, while others will opt to organise a raffle and some will arrange a pink fancy dress day at their school or workplace. No matter how people choose to wear it pink, all the money raised will help to fund vital breast cancer research and support.

Lottie Barnden, head of mass participation at Breast Cancer Care and Breast Cancer Now, said: “In 2017, in Oxfordshire around 584 women were given the devastating news they have breast cancer. In the same period around 111 women from the area sadly died from breast cancer.

“We currently fund around a third of all breast cancer research happening in the UK, and last year we responded to nearly seven million breast cancer support requests. Without the generosity of wear it pink supporters we simply cannot continue to fund this crucial research and support, for all those affected by breast cancer now, and in the future.

“That is why we are urging everyone across the UK to get involved in wear it pink on Friday, 18th October to help us make life-saving breast cancer research and life-changing support happen!”

Breast Cancer Care and Breast Cancer Now have united to create the UK’s first comprehensive breast cancer charity, united around the shared ambition that by 2050 everyone who develops breast cancer will live, and receive the support they need to live well. The charity cannot reach this goal without the money raised from wear it pink.

Wear it pink today and raise funds for breast cancer research and support. Visit to find out what you can do to support breast cancer research this month and every other month.

For more information about the annual campaign to raise awareness of the disease and a free guide for women over 40, visit

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Cycling golfers!

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Golfers’ cycling challenge to tee up funds for Against Breast Cancer 

A group of golfers are swapping their clubs for bikes to cycle 200 miles to help raise funds for Oxfordshire-based charity Against Breast Cancer. 

Starting in the early hours of Saturday, 6th April, five intrepid golfers and their support team will ride from Royal Lytham St Anne’s in Lancashire to Woburn Golf Club in Buckinghamshire, giving themselves just two days to complete the challenge before sunset the next day. 

The Las Ratas de Grendon golf society raise money each year for the charity through their annual golf tour to Spain and this year decided to add the cycling challenge finishing the day before they fly off. 

Team member Neil McCrorie says: “There will be five of us riding, ranging from ages of 29 to 59 with a wide range of cycling experience so it will be a difficult challenge for us.” 

The team have already raised £1,400 before they set off or embark on their golf tour. Over the years they have donned fancy dress while on tour, surprising many generous members of the public. 

Fellow rider Michael Vaill says: “It’s going to be tough but nothing compared to the challenge that so many have to battle against every day. Riding in memory of our mums, wives and family members who have been lost to this terrible disease.” 

Against Breast Cancer raises vital funds for research into the secondary spread, the main cause of breast cancer deaths. 

Breast cancer is the most common form of the disease in the UK with more than 55,000 women diagnosed every year. 

Las Rats de Grendon have set a target of £2,000 for the ride. 

Sponsor them at www.justgiving/fundraising/las-ratas-de-grendon-golf-society

See how they get on over the April weekend on their Facebook page