Dying to Please You

Modest Genius

15 Mar 16 Mar
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Dying to Please You

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A mortally funny piece of devised theatre exploring the comedy behind death, dying and grief.

In May 2013 Vid Warren, 23, was diagnosed with brain cancer. His loved ones were told his chances were about as slim as a peanut on a railway track, and so began the 20-month countdown to his death. As those close to him bounced between denial, hope and acceptance they used 'tumour humour' to diffuse the pain and get closer to the truth.

Dying to Please You is a mortally funny piece of devised theatre exploring the comedy behind death, dying and grief. Through music, dance and physical theatre, Modest Genius interpret the complicated world of cancer, death and dying as gentle and ridiculous. This project is an exploration of the question: can we laugh in the face of death?

Part of Jacksons Five festival of visual theatre and new writing.


Age Guidance: 12+
Duration: 1h 10m, no interval
Show Info: Adult content, strong language

We are unable to admit latecomers to this performance; please allow ample time to arrive and collect your tickets.

"a belly-aching, side-splitting, heart-wrenching, uplifting, downtrodden joyride"

--Doug Francisco, Artistic Director of The Invisible Circus

“So open and honest and funny and courageous … I was laughing or crying so much I almost fell off my chair"

Audience member

“such a truthful and mindful show ... showed a lot of joy through its comedy and humanity”

Audience member

“beautiful, funny, and inspiring ... truthful snapshots into life around death”

Audience member

"You'll laugh, you'll cry and you'll think. Dying to Please You is a warm-hearted, moving show full of honesty"

Sophie Moysey, Pound Arts

"This was at the same time tragic, hilarious and some of the best theatre we have seen, anywhere."

Rudloe Scene

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