Mansplaining Breast Cancer

by Naomi Elster

Mansplaining Breast Cancer

Sandra had breast cancer. Sandra beat breast cancer. Sandra really didn’t fucking need fucking breast cancer to bounce back for round 2. Add into the mix a useless husband, a well-meaning but irritating scientist, and a patronizing consultant who thinks he can mansplain breast cancer, and the world had better brace itself for an explosion.

A new play by Naomi Elster, a writer with a PhD in breast cancer, asking whether science has to be black and white and breast cancer has to be pink, and how we know what – and whom – to trust.

We are currently applying to Arts Council England for support to develop this piece of work.

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About the writer

Naomi has been involved in feminist activities, most notably the pro-choice campaign in the Republic of Ireland which won a landslide referendum victory in 2018. A major focus of her artistic work has been telling women’s stories and writing complex, nuanced female characters. Her work typically builds stories around strong characters and the relationships between them.

To date she has had four theatrical productions; Scabs (10 Days in Dublin Festival, transferred to Theatre Upstairs, Dublin 2013), Night Shift (Smock Alley Theatre, Dublin, 2017), Burn Out (Untold Festival of Jewish Women, New York, 2018) and Tara-togenic (part of The Platform, Bread and Roses Theatre, London, 2018). She has had 24 short stories and poems published, in print and online journals such as Crannog Magazine, Mosaics: An Anthology of Independent Women, and Ergot.

Naomi was editor and director of Headspace Magazine, a mental health-themed creative writing and art journal.

Naomi Elster

Creative and Production Team:

Writer – Naomi Elster
Director – Alex Vendittelli
Dramaturg – Dominic Kelly
Script Consultant – TBC

Producer – TBC
Press – TBC



Mansplaining Breast Cancer has been developed with support gratefully received from TBC.

Suitable for 16 years and above. Contains adult themes.

Headshot image credit: xxx. Banner image: Florian Klauer on Unsplash