Killing Roger 17th – 18th May

Published On April 16, 2014 | By Celia Mullins | Theatre & Arts Reviews & Previews

The Warren, Russell Place, BN1 2RG
17 – 18 May 5.45pm, 19 May 7pm
Tickets £10, (£8.50 conc, £30 Family)

“Could you Kill Someone Billy? I mean really, could you? What if they asked you to?”

`Killing Roger` comes to Brighton as part of the Fringe Festival, following its 5 star runs in London and Edinburgh Fringe 2013. It uses stunning, life- sized puppetry and original live music to explore one of the most important and challenging issues of our generation: That of assisted dying.

The work takes inspiration from prize winning author L.W. Illsley’s personal experiences with Hodgkin’s disease and the care industry. `Killing Roger` tells the moving and poignant tale of Roger and Billy, unlikely friends at two very different stages of life. For Roger, life has become a struggle, and he wants to die, but needs the help of Billy, a young boy who befriends him.

The show was first produced in association with Little Angel Theatre (the ‘Home of British Puppetry’) in March 2013, and has since received an Arts Award from the Wellcome Trust and support from the Mason Institute following its bold and striking exploration of assisted dying.

Sparkle and Dark are a touring theatre company based in North East London, producing shows that utilise new writing and live music with innovative stage and puppet design. Founding members include writer/performer Louisa Ashton and director/designer Shelley Knowles-Dixon. Both met whilst working at the BBC, where they discovered a shared passion for exciting live art and puppetry. In 2009 they joined forces with musician and poet Lawrence Illsley and sculptor Anna Shuttleworth.

There will be an additional event before the show on the 19 May, 5.30 – 6.30pm at the Warren:
`Art and the end of life` Symposium
This promises to be a dynamic panel discussion focussing on art inspired by the ethical challenges raised by old age. Panellists include Sian Agget and Cecile Chevalier of Susssex University, writer Timandra Harkness and Tim Harrison of SICK! Festival.

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