Monday, February 07, 2011

An Invitation to
'Leave to Remain'
- a performance dialogue and discussion

6-9pm Friday 11th February 2011
at Kilgraston School, Bridge of Earn, Perth £15/£12
(01382 370768)
7.30pm Sunday 20th February 2011
St Augustines United Church, George IV Bridge, Edinburgh £10/£8
8.00pm Friday 4th March
Mission Theatre,32 Corn St. Bath
(as part of the Bath Literature Festival)
£12/11 01225 463362.



We created this performance because we needed to. We had lost people we loved and there was nothing happening in the theatre that could help us forward.

And having created this, we discovered we were not alone.

"Everyone has lost someone... But it's as if we live in a world where death never happens, or at least never gets talked about. Or mourned or lamented in a collective kind of way. "

This is a unique theatre experience: a safe space where we use ritual, storytelling, silence and exquisite music to create
"something we can all be part of together, that can help us go through the journey, the dark journey of mourning...

... and then come out into the sunlight and the joy of living."

The performance includes a discussion afterwards that people can stay for if they wish. Almost everyone does.





Written and performed by Jo Clifford and Suzanne Dance.

Jo is one of Scotland's leading playwrights. She is the author of about 80 plays that have been performed throughout UK and many countries in the world. Recent work includes "Every One" and "Jesus, Queen of Heaven"

Suzanne is an actor, teacher and activist.

They are accompanied by Harriet Davidson, an Edinburgh based freelance cellist and teacher who plays regularly for the Scottish Chamber Orchestra.

"An extended prayer that may mourn its inspirations, but also keeps their flame of life burning.... There’s no denying the emotional power of the piece... Those gathered are visibly moved to tears by a life and death experience that touches us all."
(Neil Cooper, Glasgow Herald)

"There’s something intensely moving and comforting about this brief and beautiful experience... For those thousands of grieving people in our society who have always felt that one brief afternoon’s funeral is too short a goodbye, it opens up the possibility of something richer, and of a slow reinvention of the vital mourning rituals we have lost."
(Joyce Macmillan, Scotsman)


NB JO IS ALSO TALKING ABOUT HER WORK AT THE BATH FESTIVAL ON FRIDAY 4TH MARCH AT 11.15 AT THE GUILDHALL.

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