A painful – and painfully funny – play about being very young and in love – and coping with serious illness at the same time.
Rachel and Peter are seventeen. They have been going out for six months. It’s love’s young dream. Then Rachel gets ill – seriously ill. She doesn’t want her mum to fuss; she doesn’t want Alice to pretend she’s her best friend; and she certainly doesn’t want Alice’s boyfriend telling bad jokes at her bedside. The only person she wants is Peter, but Peter doesn’t know what it is that he wants.
Jack Thorne’s play When You Cure Me is a bittersweet and poignant tale of love and misunderstanding – and discovering that what you say and do can be very different from what you think and feel.
When You Cure Me was first staged at the Bush Theatre, London, in 2005.
‘In one of the year’s finest pieces of new writing, Jack Thorne paints a compassionate, gripping portrait of a fledgling relationship that is asked to bear more than many well-established marriages… a superlative evening’
— Evening Standard
‘painstakingly honest… acutely observant of the petty rivalries and jealousies that sickness provokes’
‘There’s a merciless precision to Jack Thorne’s new play, so that it almost hurts to watch it… a brave piece of writing that, with its damaged and angry heroine, unflinchingly shows us not a vision of saintly suffering, but a far more engagingly human struggle for survival’
— The Times