Digging into Life and Death with Death and Gardening

Published: 20 Jul 2012 15:300 comments

THE phrase 'pushing up the daisies' will be given a whole new meaning as a theatre group dig into the concept of death.

Wet Picnic will bring their new show Death And Gardening to South Hill Park, Bracknell, this week, featuring with a darkly comic look at how garden imagery is often used to explain the process of life and death.

The colourful play blossomed out of research sessions run at South Hill Park by the group on the two subjects, and director Matt Feerick said: "It started

as a desire to explain death and life.

"The play follows someone who has died - with death what we know is what happens when someone dies and our experience of that, but looking at the afterlife is impossible to imagine what someone's experience of that is.

"But we all die, it is the only thing we will all share."

The 30-year-old (dead) protagonist in the play, David, must, like his friends and relatives, go through the stages of grief in order to come to terms with his own passing.

Told with Wet Picnic's signature form of theatre, the show combines the physical and absurd with a Samuel

Beckett-esque sparsity, as the group explores the concept of death through humour.

Despite the play's dark subject matter, Mr Feerick added: "Humour is something we enjoy doing and we hope that people leave feeling uplifted."

Death And Gardening will be at South Hill Park on Wednesday at 8pm.

Tickets cost £10 or £8.50 for concessions. Call 01344 484858 or visit www.southhillpark.org.uk to book.

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