This article is from 2008.
Spending time in hospital isn’t ideal at any age, but for children it’s even less appealing. It was while working with children undergoing heart and lung transplant surgery, that Laura Lindow became inspired to write Heartbreak Soup.
‘I’m not using any of their stories directly,’ says Lindow. ‘But the heart of the piece is really the experiences I’ve had with the children and families I’ve worked with as a clown doctor.’ In the show, 11-year-old boy, Cuddy is awaiting his second heart transplant, while 12-year-old Dan helps him prepare for an uncertain future. But despite the delicate subject matter, the show also has plenty of humour.
‘It’s a bit of a coming of age piece,’ says Lindow. ‘About leaving behind the parts of childhood that you might not need anymore. A transplant situation brings into focus real life and death questions, and we resolve them in a playful and lighthearted, but significant way.’
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