The Death Show
It’s time to talk about the D word: Death
The Death Show is a darkly comic journey of discovery and contemplation, exploring our universal relationships with death and dying. Why are we afraid of the inevitable? Why are we anxious about how we are remembered? Do we really need a tweet from the Dalai Lama to show the world we lived a good life?
Drawn together by their shared fear of death “thanatophobes”, Birmingham based theatre makers Lucy Nicholls and Antonia Beck, have had to come face to face with death in the making of this show; training with celebrants, shadowing undertakers, talking extensively with hospice patients, GPs and Palliative Care Nurses. The Death Show will premiere at Birmingham REP on January 26 and 27th before packing up the hearse and touring to Leeds, London and Bristol in February.
This show invites the audience to take time out to celebrate their own mortality. To laugh, cry, stick two fingers up at the grim reaper and discover why talking about death is ultimately life affirming. Through humour, conversation and reflection, The Death Show aims to encourage more people to think and talk about death, and looks to break down some of the taboos surrounding this universal subject matter. After all, everybody does it!
Note from the Artists:
“Through the development of this show, we realised how important and necessary it is for us as a society to talk more about death. It shouldn’t be a subject matter that is discussed in whispers or left until it becomes an inescapable conversation at the end of our lives. It is something that we should be discussing when we are healthy, and able to make informed choices and decisions about our end of life plans. Everyone is entitled to a Good Death, but we have come to realise that this can only happen when we discuss and start to understand what that means for each of us as individuals. Therefore conversations about death and dying are essential, and in fact we have found that talking about death is really incredibly life affirming. With The Death Show, we hope that people will join us in celebrating life and death, by bringing death out of the shadows and into the light.”
For more information and to get your tickets for the show, click here
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