A funny and poignant work about life and death from award-winning Vamos Theatre will visit Eastleigh this season.
Vamos, the UK’s leading full mask company, collaborated with palliative care patients and staff to create new wordless production Dead Good
Bob and Bernard are both dying but are not going down without a fight. Can their growing friendship make a difference? And by seeing the end in sight, can they truly value living?
The show is an exploration of death but, most importantly, a celebration of life. See it at The Point in Eastleigh on Thursday 12th March at 7.30pm.
Dead Good features an original music score, film projection, a multifaceted set design and around eight different masks to create the full cast of characters created by Russell Dean of Strangeface Masks. Its cast includes Winchester-born James Greaves, one of the UK’s most experienced mask actors and a veteran of full mask pioneers Trestle Theatre.
As it is wordless, the show is completely accessible to deaf audiences without a signer.
Vamos’ Artistic Director and the show’s author Rachael Savage spent 18 months of research visiting hospices.
She said: “The way in which we usually see death portrayed, whether on television or Hollywood, is often dramatised and what I’ve really tried to do is to tell it as accurately as possible. We want to demystify death and take the fear out of it. We’re a death-denying society and the show is trying to change that.
“In all of the research I’ve laughed more than I’ve cried. Writing Dead Good has deepened my value of life and made me think about planning for a good death. I hope audiences will take away that life is precious and that their family and friends are precious. Love and laughter are wonderful things.”
Dead Good is a co-production with Corn Exchange Newbury and a co-commission with London International Mime Festival, made with support from The Leche Trust and Worcestershire County Council. It is suitable for audiences 12 years and upwards.