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.
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.