Dayglo review competition winner: Tommy Murphy

Here is the winning entry of our Dayglo review competition. Congratulations to Tommy Murphy, of Bishop Ramsay who wins an iPad2 for his entry. The runners-up are Simran Kapoor, and Abbie Ward. To see a selection of the other reviews head to

The DAYGLO production visited my school Bishop Ramsey on Wednesday the 16th and I presumed the worst for the science theatre show expecting a boring , only fact filled, poorly acted attempt of a show. However we started off with an interactive activity that gave us the opportunity to choose between what we thought the facts were and some of the “big questions” in life that no one really has an answer for. This got the entire year group engaged and I was unable to concentrate on anything but the brilliantly written story line that mixed teen generation problems with the everyday world disaster we know as cancer. Factual information and resources provided by the NHS were delivered along with a gripping tale that showed breast cancer in the omnipotent form it eventually becomes. But I learnt cancer doesn’t have to reach that stage of complete power; because as quoted “knowledge is power”. Coming from a background where I can see the mortifying effects illness causes to everyone around it I was given a reassuring belief that we can take the future and try and see how it’s going to unfold so we can all have: peace of mind, the statistics involved, the chances of the gene being inherited and more importantly we can all spend the day on that beach with that song that means most to us. Overall I think the production was excellently acted with a dramatic twist that’s unravelled towards the end of the play that represented how unknowingly we can hurt the people we love and it’s not until we rebuild a strong relationship that we see how the bad ones use to be. There was no weak character every voice spoke was that of someone in need and at the same time someone who helped. We saw the opinions and ideas of the nurses, patients, advisers, daughters, sons and friends. It portrayed all aspects and stages of illness - the defiant rock n roll mother refusing to accept an end and the working class struggling brother of a blood disease patient. In addition the narration of the websites that explained about blogs and new testing treatment urged me to go and do my own research and dayglo has given me the opportunity to relieve my stress, and fill up my knowledge of illness so I can run and finish my race just like chicken shop worker. I’d definitely recommend dayglo to everyone – it’s an extremely enjoyable production with the perfect blend on scientific information and acting that will make everyone more aware to the growing problems in today’s world. Its offers an outlet for people involved the carnage of cancer and gives them a sense of new discovered power. It was brilliant.

Tommy Murphy
Bishop Ramsay School