Last year, Chris Larner accompanied his chronically ill ex-wife to Switzerland’s Dignitas clinic. He came home with an empty wheelchair and a story to tell.
This moving, bittersweet show reflects on the circumstances, morality and humanity surrounding the journey. Through a candid, poignant and sometimes comic performance, Chris explores both the profound personal implications and the wider ethical issues that surround the contentious topic.
Critical commentary on the piece includes:
‘A wonderfully subtle and deceptively understated performance… This is story-telling of a very high order.’ The Times ****
‘It is its total lack of sentimentality that makes it so moving, and half the audience is in pieces long before the end.’ The Guardian ****
‘Intensely moving, at times overwhelming… Larner relates it all with a clear-eyed, occasionally funny, occasionally horrifying lack of sentimentality.’ The Independent ****
Chris Larner is a writer, actor and director. His stage work includes Alice in Wonderland (RSC); Wind In The Willows (National Theatre); and on TV, Clingfilm in London’s Burning. He has written extensively for comedy legends The Right Size and many others. With David Gilbert he wrote The Laxian Key for BBC Radio. His Edinburgh shows include acclaimed musicals The Translucent Frogs of Quuup (Guardian Best Musical Award 2004) and On The Island of Aars (nominated for five MTM Awards, 2008).
Hannah Eidinow has directed five Fringe First Award winning plays – four of them documentary theatre pieces: An Instinct For Kindness (Edinburgh 2011), Lockerbie: Unfinished Business (Edinburgh 2010, 2011 & UK tour), What I Heard About Iraq(Edinburgh 2006, UK Tour & West End 2007), and Gone (Edinburgh & West End 2004). Hannah is Creative Development and Associate Director for Pleasance and an Associate Director of The Miniaturists, a writer-led group dedicated to producing short plays. Recent directing credits include Mood Swing (Edinburgh and New York 2010); Memory Cells (Edinburgh 2010); The Lady From The Sea (Arcola); and A British Subject (Edinburgh, Broadway, and Arts Theatre, West End).
An Instinct for Kindness
Swindon Arts Centre
Thursday 9 February, 8pm
Box Office: 01793 614837