A world premiere theatre performance will be coming to the Theatre by the Lake in Keswick next week. 

'We Should Definitely Have More Dancing', which tells the real life story of Clara Darcey's triumph over a serious illness, will be showing from Monday, July 25 until Thursday, July 28. 

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Performer and co-writer Clara Darcy said: "Although this is a show with a really serious subject matter that makes you confront quite dark, deep and difficult things about life and possibly even your own existence, more importantly it is a celebration of the brilliant nuances of being alive and actually what a gift it is to have a dance with death that brings you to that realisation."

The story follows Clara, an actress, who is diagnosed with a brain tumour the size of a fist.  The play is performed by the actress herself along with her friends.  

Co-Director Raz Shaw said: ”In 1995 I was diagnosed with Stage 4 cancer. After a year of heavy duty chemo and radiotherapy I was thankfully given the all clear in 1996. In my subsequent career as a theatre director that experience has given me unique insights that I have been grateful for over and over again.

"Meeting Clara, hearing what she’s been through and helping bring her story to the stage has been one of the privileges of my life and makes sense of everything I went through 25 years ago.

"I immediately connected with that feeling of being at the centre of an unimaginable and surreal whirlwind that not only yields fear and confusion but also unexpected moments of joy and euphoria."

Co-Writer Ian Kershaw added: "I didn’t know Clara well. We’d collided at press night in theatre bars over the years and become Twitter friends. One day, I saw she’d been surprised by a brass band in her garden – not an everyday occurrence – I scrolled back and learnt of what had happened to her… I dropped her a line to offer my help if she ever wanted to write about her experience."