The Death & Life of All of Us

Theatre (new writing, contemporary)

  • Summerhall - Demonstration Room
  • 11:30
  • Aug 27
  • 55 minutes
  • Suitability: 12+ (Guideline)
  • Country: United Kingdom - England
  • Group: Victor Esses
  • Warnings and additional info: Strobe lighting, More information
  • Accessibility:
    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


Mixing documentary footage, storytelling, and live music, The Death & Life of All of Us is a funny and poignant exploration of family secrets, shame, and embracing our imperfections. At 19, Victor found his long-lost great-aunt Marcelle in Rome. She'd moved from Judaism to Christianity, Lebanon to Italy, changed her name and kept a life-long secret. He started making a documentary about her life. 20 years later, he still hasn’t completed it... Victor Esses returns to Summerhall after critically acclaimed Where to Belong: ‘A beautiful story spanning continents and generations’ ***** (

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General venue access

  • Captioning
  • Accessible entry: Once in the courtyard, go behind the Royal Dick Pub, past Barney's Beer and Pickering's Gin; in the back courtyard on your right hand side is the Demonstration Room.
  • Wheelchair access type: Level Access

  • Stairs: Information not supplied

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Captioned performances

  • Dates: 24 August
  • Type: Open
  • Booking options: You can book independently online, or contact our access team to book your tickets and request any specific seating locations or if booking a unit is required.

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fringe addict 44 days ago

Loved this show. Very personal, very cleverly sewn together, really meaningful for me and other audience members I spoke to in different ways. I am absessed with Marcelle!!! Love her, frustrated by her, never thought I'd get so emotionally involved in a character that only appears in film form during a play.
10 out of 10 would recommend.

Iain Broadway 45 days ago

Self indulgent and under rehearsed and difficult to make out the prerecorded dialogue. Sorry - Definitely one to miss.

Yous 46 days ago

My first 2023 fringe show and immediately off to a good start. This was emotional and heartwarming, but also really funny at times. A good reflection on identity and (family) history

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West End Best Friend (3/5 stars) 33 days ago

An engaging and well performed piece.

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Bouquets & Brickbats (4/5 stars) 34 days ago

The Death of Molly Miller is a engaging piece of theatre, and Button in particular is great at eliciting laughs from tonight’s appreciative audience.

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ThreeWeeks (3/5 stars) 35 days ago

There’s an undeniable warmth to this tale.

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euronews 36 days ago

It’s a highly personal show about identity, loss and family.

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Theatre Weekly (3/5 stars) 40 days ago

A warm and intimate multimedia tribute experience facilitating intergenerational healing and self-growth

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Corr Blimey (3/5 stars) 42 days ago

It’s complex, rich, and intimate, yet also (in areas) extremely soft and subtle. It’s a warm, welcoming space which draws audiences into a new, and familiar world.

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The Arts Desk (4/5 stars) 42 days ago

Profound questions of family and identity, shame and tolerance, what we are and what we present, and who gets to choose.

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The Student (4/5 stars) 43 days ago

What an utter delight it is to receive a performance that trusts its audiences so willingly.

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