Homeward Bound

Homeward Bound is a play, a film and an educational resource performed by two actors and professionally directed. 

Watch a trailer for the play Homeward Bound

It tells the true story of Lesley and her husband Seth Goodburn. At 49 years old, Seth was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer following a short history of feeling unwell. He died just 33 days after diagnosis.

Homeward Bound draws its content from a series of letters written by Lesley after Seth's untimely death. She articulates the journey from the first signs of his illness, through diagnosis, care and treatment and after his death at their local NHS Hospital.  

The primary objectives shared in the play are:

  • to raise awareness about the signs and symptoms of pancreatic cancer
  • understand the human impact of late diagnosis of disease on an individual and those important to them
  • to improve communication between professionals and individuals with life-limiting illness and their families and ensuring involvement and shared decision making
  • to improve the quality and experience of palliative and end of life care for people affected by pancreatic cancer 

The play takes place predominantly in two locations; home and hospital, and portrays the very real challenges that care and treatment can bring importantly the need for compassion, care and choice to be present throughout.

This makes it the ideal resource for hospitals, trusts and universities to highlight the need for understanding of individuals in end of life care issues.

About the playwright

The playwright, Brian Daniels, has developed the play by drawing on the original content of the letters to share Lesley and Seth's experiences and to help people especially healthcare professionals to reflect on their personal practice.

Brian has also written 'Bounce Back Boy' about young people and palliative care, which is also available via Hospice UK.

Homeward Bound is funded by NHS England and is in partnership with Hospice UK, Pancreatic Cancer UK, St Giles Hospice, and Leeds Teaching Hospitals Foundation Trust.

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