BY BELLA HEESOM
Theatre. 8th – 12th Feb, 18:30, £12.
★★★★★ ‘sublime’ (ToDoList)
★★★★★ ‘stunning’ (EdFestMagazine)
★★★★★ ‘unflinchingly brave’ (EdinburghSpotlight)
★★★★ ‘funny, energetic, profound and heartbreaking’ (ThreeWeeks)
★★★★★ ‘sublime’ (ToDoList)
★★★★★ ‘profound and stunning’ (EdFestMagazine)
This new play is part true story, part farcical performance lecture. It tells a deeply personal story of loss and love, through a darkly comic 17-step guide to bereavement. Mixing tender intimacy and unflinching honesty with hard-hitting philosophy and clownish silliness, it takes the audience on a powerful emotional journey, shot through with jet black comedy.
★★★★ ‘funny, energetic, profound and heartbreaking all at once’ (ThreeWeeks)
★★★★ ‘we are putty in their hands: one moment laughing, the next near to tears’ (BroadwayBaby)
An enchanting live piano score, and a beautiful multimedia design featuring delicate hand drawn sketches and projected dialogue support the show, which is performed by Bella Heesom and Eva Alexander, and directed by Donnacadh O’Briain (Always Orange by Fraser Grace at the RSC; Rotterdam by Jon Brittain at Trafalgar Studios). It comes to Vault following a critically acclaimed run at Underbelly as part of the Edinburgh Fringe 2016.
★★★★★ ‘We need more radical honesty and honest artistry of the kind that Bella Heesom offers. She has created something very powerful indeed.’ (EdinburghSpotlight)
Are You dead?
Do you know someone who might die? Erm…
Then this show is for you!*
Join bereavement expert Bella Heesom and her fabulous piano-toting assistant Eva and…
• Master the correct grip for hugs.
• Learn how NOT to use a portable urinal.
• Discover the limits of logic in the face of disaster.
And much more!
*If you think this isn’t relevant to you, you’re wrong: everyone you love is going to die. Bella knows this from experience :/
★★★★★ ‘A truly inspirational and breathtakingly beautiful piece of theatre – a must-see.’ ViewsFromTheGods
★★★★ ‘brave, personal and moving’ TVBomb
★★★★ ‘Spine tingling in its raw honesty… an undeniably powerful piece of theatre.’ LondonCityNights
Since graduating from LAMDA, Bella has worked with Donnacadh on a number of Natural Shocks shows, all exciting new writing, including pieces by Leo Butler, Kefi Chadwick, and Kay Adshead, commissioned for PEEP; the innovative peep-show style pop-up theatre created by Donnacadh that took the Edinburgh Fringe and Latitude festivals by storm.
In addition to Natural Shocks shows, Donnacadh’s recent productions include Always Orange by Fraser Grace for the RSC, and a transfer of his smash hit production of Rotterdam by Jon Brittain, which opened the same week at Trafalgar 2 in London.
Appearing alongside Bella is Eva Alexander, a wonderful actor whom you may recognise from The Mysti Show (BBC), Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part I, and Franco Zeffirelli’s Sparrow, among many other theatre and TV credits.