Song & Dance of a 3-Time Cancer Survivor
A version for enjoyable reading
Song & Dance of a 3-Time Cancer Survivor took more than seven years to write and was based on my experience and observation from 1993 when I was first diagnosed with cancer. I am not good with rhymes and not familiar with colloquial English. The Western concept of creative writing is that it is an original work by an individual that cannot be altered. This contrasts with my childhood memory of Cantonese opera in Hong Kong, which can be a collaborative work allowing modification by others (such as the performers). I reconnected with my MA supervisor Dr Mike Greenhough. I had hoped that Mike would co-write it with me: he and I writing the respective male lead and female lead parts (the dialogue between male and female leads), but Mike was busy with other commitments and could only spent a short time with me. I showed Mike the drafts of my story, and he supplied me with colloquial English phrases, puns, rhythms to choose from, and tweaked here and there. The resulting Song & Dance of a 3-time Cancer Survivor – libretto cum script and the core of my creative PhD – has my stamp and reads like a piece of Western creative writing, yet the creation process is so different from the Western concept that Mike and I are both happy to allow flexible use by others. This version is an extraction for a humorous read. See Chapter 5 from the free download of my PhD for the entirety with a reservoir of performative and supporting materials; and other chapters for related stories, research and info. Also see JD Morley's comments.
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Act 1. A KALEIDOSCOPIC PRELUDE
Reasons for Song & Dance
Act 2. MISTER DRACULA, A MAN WITH NO NAME
A hospital appointment fantasy!
Act 3. REVOLVING CLOCKWORK FIGURES
Hospital stay 一 What fun! 一 tick tock tick tock!
Act 4. OPERATION BLIND DATE
Joking about the operation!
Act 5. STILL DESIRABLE?
A disturbing scene!
Act 6. THE BEST CANCER TO HAVE!
Doctors and nurses sing and dance!
Act 7. SINGLE OR RETURN?
Suicidal thoughts 一 then, and now!
Act 8. GETTING TO KNOW YOU
Beautiful cancer cells!
Act 9. NO MONEY, NO CHOICES
Act 10. RADIO FUN & CHEMO COMEDY
You must be joking! How can such experiences be fun or funny ?!
Act 11. YOU ARE NOT ALONE
Love and friendship
Act 12. POSTLUDE BOUQUETS
At the end of performances bouquets are usual...
but with an unexpected CODA... That's life!