Lizan Mitchell (The Good Wife, The Wire.) and Kim Tatum aka Mzz Kimberley (EastEnders, Cold Feet) are set to star in the first UK run of acclaimed US social satire ‘Dead and Breathing’ By Chisa Hutchinson. They will be playing at Unity (Liverpool) 7 – 17 Feb 2018 and then The Albany (London) 19 Feb – 3 March 2018
Spiteful old Carolyn Whitlock wants to die already. She’s been sick with cancer for almost as long as she can remember and the pain has made her so mean that there’s no one left who loves her.
Carolyn just wants to give up, but in order to do so, she’s going to have to work harder than she ever has in her privileged life to convince her very Christian nurse Veronika to help her. But Veronika isn’t all she seems, and so before Carolyn can die in peace, they’ll both need to let go of everything they believe about what is right.
Can this well-to-do widow, slowly succumbing to cancer manage to convince, her home nurse, to help her end her life? It wouldn’t be easy at the best of times, but it becomes almost impossible when Carolyn finds a final hurdle she must overcome. Spoiled, privileged, sheltered and judgemental she is repulsed by transsexuals and Veronika happens to be one. If Carolyn wants her own way, she will not only have to convince Veronika to do something that goes against her every belief; she will also need to choose what she denounces with revulsion as “death by tranny.”
‘Dead and Breathing’ is a dark comedy of ethics and mortality that positions the right to die against the right to live your own life. Through constantly surprising humour and persistent questioning, ‘Dead and Breathing’ investigates morality, mortality, and the intense tug-of-war between the right to die with dignity and the idea of life as a gift.
Dead and Breathing is at The Albany Theatre 20th February – 3rd March 2018 following a run at Unity Theatre, Liverpool.