Forward Theatre Project’s Genesis comes to Preston | Coronation Street’s Sally Dynevor in partnership with Prevent Breast Cancer

Forward Theatre Project present:


When science offers you the chance to look into the future of your own health, or your family’s, would you always want to know?


Written by Frazer Flintham | Directed by Charlotte Bennett

UK Touring November 2016

Following a two-year research partnership with the UK’s only charity dedicated to the prediction and prevention of breast cancer; Prevent Breast Cancer, Genesis is a brand new play from acclaimed playwright Frazer Flintham. Taking inspiration from interviews with medical professionals as well as patients and their families, the production was initially developed with the late Morag Siller (Coronation Street, Emmerdale, Holby City and Benedict Cumberbatch’s Hamlet). The project continues in her memory after Morag died of breast cancer in April 2016. Coronation Street co-star and breast cancer survivor Sally Dynevor (known to viewers as Sally Metcalfe) succeeds in her role as an advocate of the project.   


Flintham explores the complex human dilemmas around preventative medicine through the character of leading geneticist Rachel. Rachel identifies gene mutations that increase the risk of developing breast cancer – allowing action to be taken before the disease has even had chance to develop.  Whether it is surgery or a course of drugs, it is all about prevention. But on discovering that she and her daughter might be carrying a gene mutation themselves, Rachel starts to wonder if predicting illness through science throws up more questions than it can answer.

Sally Dynevor said: “In order to build a breast cancer-free future, prediction and prevention are imperative. This play is about telling the human side of science. It addresses the incredibly difficult emotional journey we embark on when we are told we can potentially avoid rather than survive cancer by being told our predicted risk.”

Running alongside the production, Forward Theatre Project will create a legacy strand including an educational project with young women on body image, a photography exhibition of mastectomy patients, self-esteem workshops for cancer sufferers and a live streaming of the production. This will enable the conversations stimulated by the show to continue long after its tour comes to an end. The production coincides with Manchester being awarded the prestigious European City of Science 2016. Genesis will premiere in Salford, the original inspiration for the fictional town of Weatherfield in which Coronation Street is set.

Director Charlotte Bennett saidAt Forward Theatre Project we create theatre which is community-driven, high in ambition, challenging and thought-provoking. Throughout ‘Genesis’, audiences will be invited into the debate about the ethics of preventative measures which are being employed across a range of diseases today.”


Nikki Barraclough, executive director at Prevent Breast Cancer, said “To be told you have a high risk of developing breast cancer can be life-changing, but it’s essential that the right support and advice is on hand. The decision to find out your risk is not an easy one to make and this play tackles an important issue, exploring the emotional impact on the person involved and their loved ones. We’re sure it’s a topic that will touch the hearts of anyone who attends and raises many important questions. We’re incredibly proud to be part of this project and are looking forward to seeing it played out on stage.”

Forward Theatre Project was established in 2009 from a meeting between 20 emerging theatre directors, writers and designers and 10 building based Artistic Directors from around the UK. Coming together with a shared desire to advocate for a more national approach to making new work amongst emerging theatre makers and to create theatre rooted in a relationship with its audience from inception through to final production. The collective includes: Alex Summers, Alison Carr, Anna Gooch, Ben Ellis, Ellen Mcdougall, Elly Green, Evan Placey, Fabrice Serafino, Frazer Flintham, Gabriel Bisset-Smith, Gemma Kerr, James Perkins, Jess Wiesner, Lydia Denno, Mika Handley, Nick Payne, Nikki Williams, Signe Beckmann, Tim Price and Titas Halder. The company is a collective of these original artists, led by Artistic Director Charlotte Bennett.


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Running Time: 80 minutes | Suitable for ages 16+

Company Information

Playwright Frazer Flintham               Director Charlotte Bennett

Designer Lydia Denno                                   Producer Corinne Salisbury

Cast: Helen Bradbury, Charlotte Melia and Joanna Nicks

Listings information

11 – 12 Nov                   The Lowry
The Quays, Pier 8, The Quays, Salford M50 3AZ
8pm (2.30pm matinee on 12th) | £12 (£10 concs) | 0843 208 6000

15 -19 Nov                    Soho Theatre
21 Dean St, London W1D 3NE
7pm (Sat matinee 4pm) | £16 (£14 concs) | 020 7478 0100

22 Nov                         Beggar’s Theatre, Cumbria
Market Square, Millom LA18 4HZ
7.30pm | £10 (£7 concs) | 01229 775677

23 Nov                         The Continental, Preston
South Meadow Lane, Preston PR1 8JP
8pm | £8 (£6 concs) | 01772 499425

24 Nov                         CAST, Doncaster
Waterdale, Doncaster DN1 3BU
7.45pm |  £10.50 (£9 concs) | 01302 303 959