The Death Show

It’s time to talk about the D word…

Death. A bit grim, isn’t it. Morbid, macabre and even unmentionable, but does it have to be that way?

Drawn together by their shared fear of death, “thanatophobes” Lucy Nicholls and Antonia Beck invite you to embark on a journey of discovery, contemplation and courage. Take time to celebrate your own mortality, laugh, cry, stick two fingers up at the grim reaper and discover why talking about death is ultimately life affirming.

The Death Show is the result of a fascinating research project carried out by the artists, that included training as celebrants, an artists’ residency at an undertaker’s and spending time with hospice patients.

“Through this project we realised how important and necessary it is for us as individuals and as a society to talk about death. It shouldn’t be a subject matter that is discussed in whispers; talking about death can be incredibly life affirming. With The Death Show, we hope that people will take up our invitation to come together to celebrate their own mortality, maybe laugh, maybe cry and ultimately bring death out of the shadows and into the light.”

“Brave, tenacious, funny and deeply thought provoking.” Claire Birch, Assistant Producer, RSC

Winner of the Artist Development Prize at Coventry’s Shoot Festival of performance.


Creative team:

Created and performed by Antonia Beck and Lucy Nicholls

Director: Bernadette Russell

Designer: Abigail King

Visuals: Liam d’Authreau

Photography: Graeme Braidwood and Pamela Raith


Tour dates 2018
26 January 8pm, 27 January 2.30pm & 8pm

Birmingham Repertory Theatre B1 2EP


18 February, 5pm

The HUB at Slung Low, Leeds LS11 9UA


21 & 22 February 7.30pm

Toynbee Studios, London E1 6AB


25 February 7.30pm

Arnos Vale Cemetery, Bristol BS4 3EW


Supported using public funding from Arts Council England, with additional support from Birmingham Repertory Theatre, BrumYODO, The Sir Barry Jackson Trust, mac Birmingham and Shoot Festival, Coventry.


One thought on “The Death Show

  1. Dear Sarah-Jane
    Having discovered the website of Life, Death (and the Rest) at Arnos Vale, I was really interested to see details on The Death Show. Living in Scarborough, it’s a long way to Bristol but planning a ‘Death Festival’ myself I wondered about further touring arrangements you might have and if there would be any scope to bring it to Scarborough?
    We would need an idea of costs and the type of venue that would be acceptable. We have the SJT with a theatre seating 150 but I would need to speak to their Artistic Director (they are an NPO organisation) or a smaller venue that I am holding the festival in which seats approx. 50. Unfortunately, Leeds has sold out however I wish you all the best with the tour. The show sounds great. Best wishes Denise

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