An interactive performance
…about life, love, death and funerals…
Inspired by real-life discussions, this heartfelt and thought-provoking piece of theatre blends spoken word and sound with informal open space for conversation. The result is an informative and empowering look at end-of-life planning that is full of warmth, wit and humanity.
Over a period of three months in the autumn of 2021 writer/performer Su Squire held 50 conversations about funerals and the end of life with volunteer contributors from as far afield as California and as close to home as next door. These conversations were full of laughter, tears and the most incredible stories. They are what lies at the heart of The End of the Road Show.
Supported by Norwich Theatre with funding from Arts Council England & Norfolk County Council.
One of the vital elements of our work is the opportunity for people to take part in these important and life-affirming conversations.
With this in mind our shows are always followed by an invitation to stay for a chat, a cuppa (often with cake!) and, in the case of The End of the Road Show, a chance to join us for Q&A with local experts in funeral planning and the end of life.
Click below to listen to a few words from some of the conversations:
In 2023 we are looking to develop a residency approach to our shows, working with potential host venues to offer the show alongside a programme of events over the course of several days where the local community are invited to join us for workshops and informal conversation.
If you would like to find out more about this or about booking The End of the Road Show then please do get in touch.
“Emotionally resonant, yet inspiring and hopeful”
Jez Pike, Norwich Theatre
“A beautifully held space to explore a conversation that we really need to have with lots of different people in our lives.”
“Soulful and affirming. Bringing sweetness and strength to our ultimate frailty.”
Sarah Durant , Research conversation participant
“Tenderly delivered without skirting round the big topics.” Audience member
“SIMPLY BRILLIANT! A monumental step towards including death in our conversations”
David Thompson, Research Conversation Participant
An audience was asked to use three words to describe their experience of Mortal Yarns. Here are some of the words they shared…
Honest, emotional, powerful, informative, thought provoking, loving, stimulating, focusing, enlightening, inspiring, sensitive, important, relational, tender, entertaining, empathetic, multi-stylistic, liberating, comforting, powerful, reflective, calming, reassuring, engaging, real, moving, necessary, poignant, spellbinding, funny, heartfelt, gentle, human…