In this tough, poetic drama, writer Jenny Erpenbeck throws open questions about the way our lives are bound up with beginnings and endings – uncovering loneliness, loss of identity, dependency and love through a series of powerfully inter-connecting scenes between two women and their post-death selves.
York Theatre Royal is hosting this innovative residency in collaboration with St Leonard’s Hospice in York as part of an initiative to encourage people to talk more openly about death and dying through interaction with the arts. The input of hospice practitioners will be an invaluable addition to our explorations. Our discoveries and artistic adventures will inform a production at a later date, helping us to bring this extraordinary and important play to a wider audience.
Throughout the residency, Charlotte Glasson will be working with the York Theatre Royal community choir on a specially commission sung score to accompany the play and Kate Terris will be offering voice workshops to St Leonard’s staff and volunteers.
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