A Wake in Progress

  • Underbelly, Cowgate - Belly Dancer
  • 15:10
  • Aug 25
  • 1 hour
  • Suitability: 12+ (Guideline)
  • Country: United Kingdom - England
  • Group: Fine Mess Theatre and Leila Sykes
  • Warnings and additional info: Audience Participation, Contains Distressing Themes
  • 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

Description

'I'm sorry. But I need this. I need this authorial, this cinematic moment. No one will forget this. No one will forget me. Because when it comes to it I will be remembered in the most romantic, bullshit way possible...' A young person is dying. But they aren't going to go out without one final gesture: something that everyone will remember them by. This show uniquely combines scripted scenes and audience interaction to tell a funny yet moving story of love, death and funerals.

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General venue access

  • Wheelchair Accessible Toilets
  • Accessible entry: There is Level access, via a ramp and cobbled lane at cowgate entrance.
  • Wheelchair access type: Permanent Ramp, Level Access

  • Stairs: Information not supplied

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Rosie 67 days ago

This show is a beautiful discussion around losing loved ones and exploring alternative funerals. It's a difficult topic to make enjoyable or lighthearted but this team have achieved a fun, heartwarming production worth celebrating. It's incredibly powerful. Good/not scary amount of audience interaction. A very personal experience for everyone involved.

J W 68 days ago

What a fun and delightful show. Despite the title suggesting otherwise, this show is enormous fun and we spent a very amusing hour watching a pre-death wake unfold. As someone who is personally making similar decisions, I applaud the manner in which this difficult subject is faced. I loved it.

Mary Bauckham 69 days ago

I loved this show! Interactive ( but no pressure if you’re not up for that) and very pertinent if you know anyone who is dying, light hearted and yet raw and honest too. Great performances and confidence. Add this to your list!

Sarah Grant 78 days ago

A wake in progress is a beautiful celebration of life while talking about death. The cast semi-improvise the show by asking audience members for stories of loved ones before the show starts and by doing so they take us on a very personal journey that is hard and necessary. No one likes to talk to a dying loved one about the fact that they are dying, but by closing off that communication the dying person is deprived of open and honest and raw moments with their loved ones. I love that every show is different, it makes it more personal for me as an audience member. Go and see this show. The writing is great, the performances are incredible and it will uplift you in a way you would never have expected.


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ThreeWeeks (4/5 stars) 62 days ago

Don’t let the title put you off – this is no maudlin sob story or grim, funereal presentation. Don’t let the spectre of interactive theatre deter you either: it’s honestly nothing to fear, here! Fine Mess take time to get to know their audience, soliciting ideas and anecdotes to be...

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Ed Fringe Review (4/5 stars) 65 days ago

Fine Mess Theatre showed that death doesn’t have to be so damn gloomy...

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Ed Fringe Review (3/5 stars) 65 days ago

Despite a likeable set-up, the piece never quite convincingly takes off...

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