Before the End

Theatre (music)

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  • Accessibility:
    Sight not needed
    May not apply to all performances. You'll find more information about accessibile performances and how to book tickets in the accessibility tab below.
  • Babes in arms policy: Babies do not require a ticket
  • Policy applies to: Children under 2 years

Description

April 2015, Michel Graindorge passed away. The famous Belgian lawyer was also Catherine's father. A man dies, a daughter loses her father. Catherine Graindorge, writer and violinist, tells us of the universal bond between father and daughter. With words, images and music, she returns to the last months of her father's life. Catherine always uses the reality of situations and events big or small that concern or move her. In this autobiographical project, her artistic approach is intimate, choosing to perform a solo act mixing theatre and sound.

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General venue access

  • Sight not needed
  • Accessible entry: Once into the courtyard, get to the front of the Royal Dick Pub, take the alleyway to your left, around the back of the large tent. Through the doors; the venue is then up the stairs.
  • Wheelchair access type: Not fully wheelchair accessible

  • Stairs: 20+
    Number of stairs is provided as guidance and is not in addition to any wheelchair access type (lift/ramp etc) stated above.

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  • Requires a complimentary personal assistant ticket to attend a performance

heather bow 98 days ago

Neither death nor grief are a cheery subject; regardless it's good to talk about it and it's a brave thing to talk about something/someone in such an intimate way. The performance comes in a mix of formats/deliveries intermingled - the violin especially good of course.
Moving and thought provoking not least for anyone who has been through/ is going through grief.


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The Wee Review (4/5 stars) 90 days ago

Michel Graindorge was a prominent left-wing lawyer in Belgium, building his reputation on a consistent fight for prisoners’ human rights within the judicial system. In 1978, he became temporarily notorious when his defendant, François Besse, escaped from court during his trial. Graindorge was imprisoned for four months for presumed complicity...

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Radio Summerhall Reviews 100 days ago

This production combines elements of the personal, the political and the artistic, and does so such great effect that it is impossible not to be moved by her story.
I would urge you to see Before the End, it will stay with you for a long time, and give you cause for thought.

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The Scotsman (3/5 stars) 101 days ago

Just before he died in 2015, Michel Graindorge, a famous lawyer and public figure in his native Belgium, asked his daughter, the violinist and theatre-maker Catherine Graindorge, to make a show about him. ...

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Fest (3/5 stars) 102 days ago

Were this a show solely about the late Belgium lawyer, Michel Graindorge, it would be plenty interesting enough. A man deeply committed to due process and human rights, whose arrest on charges of aiding a client escape inspired protests, and who continued receiving clients at his bed on the ward...

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The List (3/5 stars) 103 days ago

Performing grief and filial piety...

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