Monday 13 May 2019 – ‘Fighting for Life’: Lab4Living hosts play at the Crucible Theatre

Fighting for Life

You are cordially invited to a play:

‘Fighting for Life’ by Brian Daniels

Monday 13th May 2019
hosted by Lab4Living, Sheffield Hallam University
in partnership with Brian Daniels and the Crucible Theatre Sheffield.


‘Fighting for life’ is a play by award winning writer, Brian Daniels. Inspired by the experiences of the Findlay family, it explores issues relating to end of life care. It is a powerful story about navigating systems, coping with the complex challenges that living with life-limiting illnesses bring, about the centrality of communication but above all it is a story about love, about family and about relationships.

Lab4Living is pleased to host this play about the experiences of Helen Findlay, on whom the Marie Curie Findlay report was based. Helen is a member of Marie Curie’s Expert Voice Panel. ‘Fighting for Life’ relates to Lab4Living research around end of life care, in particular The Life Cafe, funded through Marie Curie’s Design to Care programme. The Life Cafe Kit, designed by Helen Fisher and Claire Craig, aims to promote and support conversations about what individuals find meaningful in life and in care.

After each performance of ‘Fighting for Life’ is a panel discussion with experts from across research in this area (including Prof Paul Chamberlain and Helen Findlay).


“The play  a is lovely example of the role of the arts in promoting and challenging the status quo in the context of health services.” Dr Claire Craig, Lab4Living

‘Fighting For Life’ was a finalist in the Patient Experience Network National Awards 2018.

Fighting For Life – The Story

James and Joan Findlay have been married for 62 years. Joan has dementia and, with their four adult children leading busy lives elsewhere, her principal carer is her husband, James.
When James is diagnosed with motor neurone disease, the family find themselves navigating a fractured health and social care system to get their parents the help they need and to keep them together to the end.


Performances:      2.00pm and 6.00pm, Monday 13th May

A panel discussion of the themes explored by the play will follow directly after each performance.

Location:       Adelphi Room, Crucible Theatre, Sheffield

Tickets:        Attendance is free of charge but please register with Eventbrite.

Brian Daniels and Helen Finlay

Brian Daniels and Helen Finlay © Marie Curie