Theatre production for GCSE - assisted suicide

Posted by: Rosemary, 22 March 2012

An Instinct for Kindness by Chris Larner is a moving bitter-sweet production reflecting on the circumstances, morality and humanity surrounding the author’s journey to Switzerland’s Dignitas clinic with his chronically ill ex-wife. Through a candid, poignant and sometimes comic performance, Chris explores both the profound personal implications and the wider ethical issues that surround the contentious topic.

Joe Lane, an RE Teacher in Lambeth, went to see the performance and recommends that colleagues consider taking their students to see it. He writes: I felt this was an ideal play for Religious Education groups to see because euthanasia is a difficult subject to talk about; besides the UK position involving legal and technical jargon that can be alienating, students tend to have either very strong views on it or no prior comprehension of the topic at all. Nonetheless, not only is it on the RE curriculum but the moral issues it raises are integral to multiple aspects of RE, politics and ethics since the topic of assisted dying challenges our conceptions of human rights and death.’

Tour dates for Spring 2012 are found in the document below, along with further details of the show and how to book tickets.There is also a London season running as follows:

Trafalgar Studios, Tuesday 10 – Saturday 28 April 2012
Monday - Saturday 7.45 pm with 3 pm matinees Thursday and Saturday. Tickets £20 (£15 conc, £12 schools)
Trafalgar Studio 2, 14 Whitehall, London SW1A 2DY. Nearest Rail/Tube: Charing Cross.
Box Office: 0844 871 7627 or (transaction fee applies)


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