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Bowel disease sufferer staging Hornchurch play to raise awareness

PUBLISHED: 17:09 14 August 2013

Diane Harman hopes comedy Room 5 will entertain and educate

Diane Harman hopes comedy Room 5 will entertain and educate

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A Crohn’s disease sufferer who has written a black comedy about her experiences will see it performed in Hornchurch next month.

Diane Harman’s play Room 5 will visit the Queen’s Theatre, Billet Lane, on September 15 to raise money for Crohns and Colitis UK.

The spectacle is designed to be humorous, but Diane hopes the audience will be responsive to its serious message.

She said: “As the subject of bowels is a particularly embarrassing topic at the best of times, it really is difficult to achieve any sort of public awareness and funding for research into its cause or treatment.”

The disease, which Diane has suffered from since a young age, has caused her to decrease her working hours and step away from some of her favourite hobbies.

She added: “Without the humour in the play I couldn’t get my message across, but it still conveys the difficulties and despair associated with the illness.

“The audience should prepare to both laugh out loud and empathise with the characters and the situations they find themselves in.”

Visit www.queens-theatre.co.uk to book tickets.

The cast will also be hosting an “after-show” charity evening on September 20.

Call 07948 258406 for more details.


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