But What If You Die?

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Saturday 30th January 2021 at 4pm & 8pm

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Featured in CPT Digital, our curated programme of the best new digital work by CPT’s favourite artists. Click here to view the full line-up.

Presented by Adam Lenson

In March 2019 you are diagnosed with cancer. It starts from one tiny mole on your back
On day 7 you have 3 hours of scans to see if it might have spread to other parts of your body
On day 28 you have surgery to remove some infected lymph nodes
On day 62 you begin a year-long course of chemotherapy tablets
On day minus 4,265 you sit in the office of your director of studies at university and tell him you want to change courses. You don’t want to study medicine any more
On day 42 the oncologist asks why you know so much about cancer. You tell him you were nearly a doctor

Merging gig, memoir and lecture But What If You Die? is a solo show about what you learn when you’re faced with your mortality just when it feels like you’re getting started.

The first solo show by Adam Lenson, developed as part of Camden People’s Theatre Starting Blocks Residency, moves from Fleetwood Mac to Tetris, from lecture halls to CT scanners, through parallel universes and back and forward in time, all while asking: why are we here and how can we live more meaningfully?

This work in progress sharing will be livestreamed from Adam’s flat in London and hosted on Zoom.


The recommended viewing age is 16+

This show contains themes of illness and mortality.

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The company does not feel the performance contains any health warnings.

If you have any other questions or enquiries that are not covered here please do get in touch by emailing James, our General Manager on james@cptheatre.co.uk.

About the artist

Adam Lenson is a director and producer who specialises in musical theatre and music driven work. His directing includes the off West End Award winning productions of The Rink and Superhero at Southwark Playhouse). He has spent 2020 developing his digital theatre practice including making the shows  Shift+Alt+Right, The Fabulist Fox Sister, and Public Domain. This is first piece as a writer/performer.

adamlenson.comTwitter: @adamlensonInstagram: @adamlenson

Upcoming Performances

Sat 30 Jan, 2021
4:00 pm
Sat 30 Jan, 2021
8:00 pm