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THE SHIT CLUB (Supporting Husbands in Trauma) is written by Jan Etherington, the award-winning comedy writer, whose long running, beloved Radio 4 comedy, Conversations From A Long Marriage, starring Joanna Lumley and Roger Allam, is about to launch into a sixth series. When Jan discovered her husband, Gavin Petrie (and co-writer on many radio and TV comedies, for the last 30 years) had Alzheimers’, in 2018, ‘I become a carer, a heartbreaking, exhausting – and very lonely role.’ She met regularly with a good friend whose husband was also seriously ill and they supported each other, calling themselves ‘The S.H.I.T Club’.
‘We were each going though similar crises and it helped enormously to talk, laugh, drink wine and yes, cry, together.

When this play was first performed at the INK FESTIVAL. we had a standing ovation, tissues were passed round the audience and there was a mass hugging’.