Theatre (interactive)

  • ZOO Southside - Main House
  • 10:00, 11:20
  • Aug 27
  • 1 hour
  • Suitability: 14+ (Guideline)
  • Country: Belgium
  • Group: Ontroerend Goed
  • Warnings and additional info: Audience participation, Contains distressing or potentially triggering themes, Audience required to walk or move around during the performance, More information
  • Accessibility:
    Wheelchair Accessible Toilets
    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


Funeral: 'I don't believe in God but I miss him?' (Nothing to Be Frightened Of, Julian Barnes). A collective ritual about the finiteness of things. It will start in the dark. We will greet others and say goodbye. There will be singing and pretending. There will be light and room for darkness. We'll light candles, eat and drink, and celebrate life. And all of that will end. Welcome. A theatrical ceremony, a new ritual that brings people together. Because everything is finite and we are going to have to live with that.

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General venue access

  • Wheelchair Accessible Toilets
  • Accessible entry: The level access is via the rear or the builiding. There are 16 steps from the street level to the seating.
  • Wheelchair access type: Building Lift

  • Stairs: 11- 20
    Number of stairs is provided as guidance and is not in addition to any wheelchair access type (lift/ramp etc) stated above.

Each venue can contain several space with different accessibly information. Visit the venue page for full venue accessibility info

How and when to make an access booking

Our access tickets service is available to anyone who:

  • Would like to book specific accessibility services, e.g. a hearing loop, audio description headsets, captioning units, seating in relation to the location of the BSL interpreter
  • Requires extra assistance when at a venue
  • Has specific seating requirements
  • Is a wheelchair user
  • Requires a complimentary personal assistant ticket to attend a performance

Dana Blackstone 28 days ago

Clear your morning schedule and go see this. Genuinely. It will do you good. If you needed a sign to mourn, grieve, let go of, or heal from that thing you need healing from; this is it. Just go.

I've never experienced theatre to be this deeply connecting/healing before. This show reiterated to me why we make theatre; to create community, to heal, to affirm the impact of collective ritual as connecting and joyful, even in mourning. 'Funeral' gave me a moment to grieve, to celebrate, and witness others as they did too. We were held by the cast in this, and it felt like space for honoring grief/joy. Afterward, I was able to connect with my fellow audience members in a way I have not in other shows and even made new friends.

This experience was/is deeply appreciated; thank you.

Kirsty Thomson 28 days ago

After seeing these guys for the last few years and falling in love with their stuff and everything they stand for, this was the first show I booked and the last thing I arranged to see at the fringe this year. Powerful, evocative and deeply moving, all I can say is thank you for giving me the space to feel this performance.

Jamie Nicholl 34 days ago

A masterful, immersive show that allows audiences to confront swallowed grief with tenderness. This show is phenomenal, thank you for bringing it to the fringe.

Daniel Somerville 35 days ago

I managed to get a return on the door - well worth queing up for. This show is so good - so so so beautiful. An experience. A community. It is bound to jog memories if you have lost someone but it is handled so sensitively that by the end you will feel nourished and cared for. I am so appreciative of this company and their excellent work.

Colin George 38 days ago

If you haven't managed to get a ticket, then there is little point telling you this is a must see show.

The first show we booked when the programme thudded on the doormat, Ontroerend Goed produce performances that we have to see - and they did not disappoint in Funeral. This is somewhere between theatre and performance art - a show about remembering, letting go and the sort of rituals we use to mark the "end of an event". As an audience member you are both participant and voyeur - skillfully and carefully handled from the start in what, for some. will be a very emotional performance.

If there was the opportunity for a standing ovation then we'd have given one - so a very big thank you to all involved in starting off of our Fringe on very high note!

Shirley H 40 days ago

"We come together at important events during our lives" and in this interactive event the other audience members become , briefly our family and friends at such an occasion. At moments, sitting on the darkly lit stage I felt moved to tears. Memories of places, events, objects that had significance and loved ones. I left feeling at peace with myself and the universe. To find out more I would urge you to go. Thank you for this experience.

Lucy T 43 days ago

Exquisite. A beautiful, tenderly-crafted production which is profoundly moving. An absolute must-see, 5*

Jennifer Sanger 44 days ago

A great way to begin the day, with calm and peace. Full review: - starts 90 seconds in.

Chris Grady 45 days ago

My highlight of the Fringe so far. A deeply meditative therapeutic and communal event exploring the passing of life and the holding and releasing of memories by those left. It is an experience I will hold in my heart for a very long time. Thank you. My recommendation to audience members is to arrive in time to let yourself slow down before it starts, and give yourself space and time after, to reconnect with the world of speed and need which will inevitably be out there when you leave the theatre. Be kind to yourself. Please book and experience this , especially if you have ever lost a loved one.

Inigo 47 days ago

A genuinely brilliant piece, probably some of the best immersive theatre I've ever seen.

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Theatre Weekly (5/5 stars) 30 days ago

Once outside, we realise that we have taken part in something truly unique, not just artistically, but profoundly human.

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The Crumb (5/5 stars) 30 days ago

Funeral is not just a show, it's a transformative experience that will linger in the hearts and minds of its audience long after we sing goodbye.

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The Stage (4/5 stars) 34 days ago

Memorable experience with moments of beauty.

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ThreeWeeks (4/5 stars) 35 days ago

It’s a quietly devastating way to start your Fringe day.

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Kris Hallett - Life as Theatre (4/5 stars) 36 days ago

Beautifully realised production.

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Playbill 36 days ago

Ontroerend Goed has created a beautiful immersive theatrical experience, that is also a community healing ritual.

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Everything Theatre (4/5 stars) 42 days ago

A unique, moving and thoroughly un-British show exploring our relationship with death.

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British Theatre Guide (5/5 stars) 42 days ago

A remarkable, life-affirming celebration of community and shared understanding of grief and the power that the end of life can truly bring.

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Theatre Travels 45 days ago

See this show and I guarantee you will never see confetti the same way again.

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