BBC’s Silent Witness actor, disabled activist and comedian Liz Carr returns to the Royal Festival Hall with her ‘TED talk with show tunes’. Wednesday 18 January 2017 at 7.30pm – Royal Festival Hall, Southbank Centre, London SE1 8XX
Disabled activist, actor and comedian Liz Carr, well known for her role as forensic scientist Clarissa Mullery in BBC TV’s Silent Witness, has chosen the spectacular world of musical theatre as the place to explore the complex and controversial subject of assisted suicide in her new show Assisted Suicide: The Musical. The show returns to the Royal Festival Hall on Wednesday 18 January (after two sell-out performances at its premiere in September 2016) to kick off a year of national and international touring.
On 11 September 2015, MPs in the United Kingdom voted overwhelmingly against legalising assisted suicide. Opinion polls would have you believe that the majority of the UK population believe it’s a humane choice to legalise assisted suicide for terminally ill or disabled people, but Liz Carr and many other disabled people disagree.
Confronting the lack of creative work exploring this most topical taboo, she joins director Mark Whitelaw (Duckie, Ursula Martinez, New Art Club), composer Ian Hill (Duckie) and a cast of performers to express an important and often unheard perspective through the medium of musical theatre.
Liz Carr says: “As a long–time campaigner against the legalisation of assisted suicide, as a performer and a lover of musicals, I wanted to devise a show that provokes and entertains by subverting notions of choice, dignity, compassion and quality of life through music, comedy, a few sequins and, most importantly, our shared humanity. I want audiences to view this subject through a different lens – that of someone who is opposed to assisted suicide. I believe we’ve achieved that with this ‘TED talk with show tunes’ that the team and I have created.”
Assisted Suicide: The Musical will also be at Melbourne International Comedy Festival and in New Zealand during spring 2017 as assisted suicide is currently being debated there. The show will return to the UK for a run at Edinburgh Fringe with a UK tour to follow in autumn 2017.
Assisted Suicide: The Musical is presented, produced and developed by In Company Collective.
Assisted Suicide: The Musical
Wed 18 Jan 2017
Tickets £15 / £20 (concessions available)
Royal Festival Hall
London SE1 8XX
Ticket Office: 020 7960 4200
Suitable for ages 14+
This event is British Sign Language-interpreted.
Access – to book concessionary tickets, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call the ticket office.
Cast: Isaac Bernier-Doyle, Liz Carr, Gillian Dean, David James, Stephanie James, Claire Willoughby
Written by Liz Carr; Director Mark Whitelaw; Composer Ian Hill; Designer Bethany Wells; Choreographer Jane Turner; Sound Designer Tom Aspley