A play about a woman who is terminally ill, planning her own funeral may seem an odd choice of play to kick off the New Year. But the Chesil Theatre Company has chosen to put on this play, written by Laura Wade, who won critical acclaim with her smash hit Posh in the West End last summer because, despite the subject matter, it is fresh, cleverly written and a very funny play.
The play tells the story of a family grieving for a death that hasn’t happened yet; alarmed by a terminally ill mother’s determination to plan her departure and coming to terms with the idea of a world that will continue without her. There is, of course, great sadness in the situation, but the playwright says she found it impossible when writing these characters to ignore their British sense of humour.
Director, Mary Stone, says “This is a darkly comic family drama about living, loving and dying. Full of humour and pathos, this modern play tackles tough issues with a superb lightness of touch and will strike a chord with all ages.”
Colder Than Here runs from 9th – 16th February at 7.45pm (no performance on Sunday.) There will also be a matinee on Saturday 16th February at 2.30pm.
Tickets start at £10 and are available from www.chesiltheatre.org.uk, by telephone at 0844 8700 887 or by postal application to Chesil Theatre, Chesil Street, SO23 0HU