The Long Run

Thu 19 Sep
- Fri 20 Sep
Doors 19.00Show 19.30
70 Minutes

When Katie’s mum is diagnosed with bowel cancer her life grinds to a stop. But when she meets an elderly man in a radiotherapy waiting room corridor - everything changes.

One in two of us will get cancer in our lifetimes. It can happen to anyone. People who run the marathon… They’ve only got themselves to blame.

Created by writer-performer Katie Arnstein and directed by New Diorama Artistic Director Bec Martin, The Long Run is a tender, emotionally rich - and frequently hilarious - story about human connection, cancer diagnosis, and long-distance running.

★★★★ 'Captivating... left me poleaxed by its abundance of kindness' The Guardian

★★★★★ 'Truly special... laden with comedic touches, from dry wit to gut-busting hilarity' Reviews Hub

★★★★★ 'Impeccable... [an] emotional marathon through human connection' Fringe Biscuit


Writer/Performer: Katie Arnstein

Director: Bec Martin

Lighting Designer: Holly Ellis

Sound Designer: James Telford

Producer: Grace Dickson Productions


Presented in partnership with Cancer Research UK. 


About The Artist

Katie Arnstein is a writer and performer from the West Midlands. Her work includes Wolverine Woman for BBC Three, and the multi-award-winning storytelling trilogy It’s a Girl! which consists of Bicycles and Fish, Sexy Lamp and Sticky Door. These shows have been awarded Show of the Week at VAULT Festival twice, Pleasance Pick of VAULT, an Offie Commendation for a short run and been shortlisted for both The Popcorn Prize and Evening Standard Future of Theatre Award.


Katie is an Associate Artist of Pleasance Theatre and has just been Highly Commended at the Women of the Future Awards in the Arts and Culture category. 


Trigger/Content Warnings

Haze, strong language, themes of grief and references to cancer.

Barbican Theatre is a safe space

Safe to be who you are, regardless of race, class, religion, country of origin, immigration status, (dis)ability, age, gender, identity, or sexual orientation.
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The Barbican
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Thursday 19th Sep 2024


Friday 20th Sep 2024