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Brian Lobel creates performances about bodies and how they are watched, policed, poked, prodded, and loved by others. Brian has shown work in a range of contexts, from medical schools to galleries, cabarets to museums and has toured BALL worldwide. He received a 2008 Wellcome Trust Arts Award for Fun With Cancer Patients & a grant from the Jerwood Charitable Foundation for Carpe Minuta Prima in 2010. Brian is a Teaching Associate at Queen Mary, University of London, a Supported Artist at The Basement in Brighton and an Associate Artist for Clod Ensemble's Performing Medicine.

A Pacifist's Guide to the War on Cancer
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A Pacifist's Guide to the War on Cancer

Brian Lobel/Bryony Kimmings/Tom Parkinson
 

Bryony Kimmings wants to talk about cancer but she's not getting very far. Instead, she keeps hearing about battles, survivors, fun runs and new leases of life. What's everyone so scared of?

In this all-singing, all-dancing celebration of ordinary life and death, single mum Emma confronts the highs and lows of life with a cancer diagnosis; that of her son and of the real people she encounters in the daily hospital grind.

The Pacifist’s Guide to the War on Cancer is a funny and moving show about newfound friendships, pain and death, mundane treatment cycles, hairlessness and scars...

Kimmings is famous for her unique takes on taboo topics—from her sexual health ( Sex Idiot), to her boyfriend’s depression ( Fake It ’Til You Make It), to her search for positive role mo dels for her teenage niece ( Credible Likeable Superstar Role Model).

Oberon Books, UK | 978-1-78682-060-0 | Sales rights: Australia/NZ only | PB
BALL, and Other Funny Stories About Cancer
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BALL, and Other Funny Stories About Cancer

Brian Lobel
 
BALL & Other Funny Stories About Cancer is a trilogy of works that challenge the well-known stories of cancer survivors and cancer martyrs that have come before. Sometimes inappropriate, often salacious and always funny, BALL & Other Funny Stories About Cancer is, above all else, honest and open. 






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Oberon Books, UK | 978-1-84943-168-2 | Sales rights: Australia/NZ | PB
Purge
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Purge

Brian Lobel
 

Part game show, part love story, part lecture exploring modern friendships.  

Purge addresses where online friendship stops and real friendship begins. In 2010, Brian discovered that his deceased ex-boyfriend and best friend, Grant, had deleted him from Friendster (a pre-Facebook networking site), which neither had checked since they stopped dating in 2006. Although they had since re-‘friended’ in life (both virtually and non-virtually), it was the discovery of this past de-friending (and impossibility to ‘reconnect’ since Grant’s death), which inspired Brian to create Purge in 2011.

In 2011, Brian Lobel played a brutal game of friendship maintenance: over 5 days in cafés in both London and Kuopio, Finland, Brian gave strangers one minute to decide which of his 1300 Facebook friends to keep or delete. The deleting was real, the pace was maniacal, the results were final.

50 hours of performance, 800 emails from angry, amused and intrigued friends and over 2500 comments from people watching via live stream later, Purge is an interactive performance lecture exploring the process of, and fallout from purging and examines how we emotionally and socially interact with digital media.

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Oberon Books Ltd, UK | 978-1-78319-329-5 | Sales Rights: Australia/NZ only | PB