Award winning Edinburgh Fringe show ‘The Eulogy of Toby Peach’ returns to Plymouth (17 March)

“I was born on 18th December 1988. I dressed up as a bandicoot once. I was diagnosed with cancer 3,322,000 minutes ago…”

Terrifyingly, one in two of us will experience cancer first-hand. Toby Peach has bravely brought this universal issue to the stage and now his highly acclaimed, five-star, award-winning Edinburgh Fringe show is embarking on a UK tour, coming to Barbican Theatre on Friday 17 March.

The Eulogy of Toby Peach is the story of Toby’s journey with Hodgkin’s Lymphoma, a cancer of the lymph nodes that he faced at the age of 19 and again at 21. Toby didn’t know what cancer was, what happens when it’s treated and the effects it can have. A Eulogy is a celebration of life – we will all need one; Toby is just delivering his now.

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Photo Credit: ©Richard Davenport 2015, Richard@rwdavenport.co.uk, 07545642134

Toby comments,

“I’m really excited to be giving The Eulogy a new lease of life in 2016 and 2017. We were so inspired by the learnings and ideas taken away from the experience last year. Since Edinburgh we’ve been invited by numerous charities to bring The Eulogy to their audiences; receiving a standing ovation from 300 young people and their support teams at Teenage Cancer Trust’s conference Find Your Sense Of Tumour was an unbelievable experience. I cannot wait to reach more audiences across the UK with our show and outreach work, continuing to raise awareness about cancer whilst delivering a show that engages its audiences in this difficult subject matter”

The Eulogy of Toby Peach Photo Credit: ©Richard Davenport 2015, Richard@rwdavenport.co.uk, 07545642134

Photo Credit: ©Richard Davenport 2015, Richard@rwdavenport.co.uk, 07545642134

A discovery of self-mortality The Eulogy of Toby Peach is an original piece exploring a true story and an important and difficult subject in a refreshing, insightful and humorous way. The show delves into the moments when a eulogy may have been a very real possibility for Toby and how those moments changed his life forever.

Join Toby as he enters the (not so) exclusive Cancer Club; sample chemotherapy cocktails, select the perfect funeral playlist and marvel at Willy Wonka’s life-saving stem cell machine. From diagnosis to remission, relapse and treatment, experience a young man’s journey with cancer in this honest, fascinating and inspiring exploration of modern science and the wonders of the human body.

“It’s a triumphant celebration of an inspirational man’s determination to survive. He’s … here now, he explains, because of the £50,000 we, as taxpayers, have given for his treatment. And at a time of government cuts, his final “thank you” is made especially poignant” (The Scotsman).

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Toby originally debuted his Eulogy to the Plymouth Fringe Festival in 2015 and at the time wrote about the experience,

“Catching the train down to the South West I was SUPER nervous – this was my first time doing a solo show, my first time at a fringe festival and my first time in Plymouth! I made my way through Plymouth looking for the venue that I would, in 6 hours, be debuting The Eulogy of Toby Peach… I was so surprised at the response to the show in this earlier form and very grateful to the audience that came on that journey with me, as they stood to applaud at the end it gave me the confidence to push forward with the show. I left that theatre buzzing, there would be lots of work to be done but with the confidence that it wasn’t utter self-obsessed crap (a real worry when you put your name in the title!)”.

The Eulogy of Toby Peach is presented at Barbican Theatre on Friday 17 March at 7:30pm. Tickets are £13 full or £10 for under 16s, over 60s, students or disabled and can be bought 24/7 on our website www.barbicantheatre.co.uk or by call our Box Office on 01752 267131 (Mon – Fri 11am – 6pm) or by popping into the Barbican Theatre on Castle Street (Box office open Mon – Fri 11am – 6pm).