Comic draws on own cancer battle to raise charity cash

Lana Schwarcz's Lovely Lady Lump is on at this year's Fringe. Picture: contributed
Lana Schwarcz's Lovely Lady Lump is on at this year's Fringe. Picture: contributed
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It has been described as an “uproariously funny, heartfelt and honest” depiction of living with breast cancer, and now Lana Schwarcz is bringing her internationally acclaimed show to the Fringe – all in the name of a good cause.

The Melbourne-based comic’s show, Lovely Lady Lump, has earned praise from critics in her native Australia and Canada, with Lana planning to donate tickets for her three preview shows to UK-based charity Breast Cancer Care.

A collection for the charity will also be held at the shows, taking place at the Gilded Balloon on August 3-5.

Lana was diagnosed with the illness in 2014 and, despite catching it in the relatively early stages, required extensive treatment, including surgery.

She believes her sense of humour helped her cope with the diagnosis and is encouraging other women affected help increase awareness of the condition. “I love the way women in Scotland, and all across the UK, find so many ways to face breast cancer head on,” she said.

“Having been through the experience myself I know how devastating it can be – and I am one of the lucky ones, having benefited from early diagnosis and swift treatment.

“The more we do now to raise awareness and money, the greater the chance that our daughters and granddaughters won’t have to fear this devastating illness alone.

“If we can all have fun and laugh as part of the fundraising, it makes it all the better.”

Lovely Lady Lump has been performed in Australia, New Zealand and Canada, where Lana earned the award for Outstanding Solo Performance at the Ottawa Fringe.

The show will form a part of The Sick of the Fringe, a project aiming to connect those performing shows with illness and health as their main theme.

• Lovely Lady Lump takes place at The Gilded Balloon every day at 4pm, with previews from August 3-5 and the main show from August 6-29. Tickets are available from £6 for preview shows, £10 for weekday performances and £12 for weekend performances. 
They can be purchased from gildedballoon.co.uk