The award-winning Vamos Theatre is returning to the Theatre Royal Bury St Edmunds next month with their brand-new production “Dead Good”, a show about living and dying, created in collaboration with palliative care patients and staff.
Bob and Bernard have only two things in common – they’re both dying, and they’re not going down without a fight. So, with a bottle of Bollinger and the keys to Bernard’s Bentley in hand, they decide to hit the road, and take on one final, death-defying adventure.
But when time really does start to run out, can Bob and Bernard accept the inevitable? Can their growing friendship make the difference? And by seeing the end in sight, can they truly value living?
Funny and poignant in equal measure, “Dead Good” brings together some of the UK’s leading mask actors to tell the story. The production, which has no spoken word, features an original music score, film projection, a multifaceted set design, and characterful new masks especially made for the show by Russell Dean of Strangeface.
The cast includes international clown performer Aron De Casmaker from Canada.
Based in the UK he is best known for his work as principal clown in Cirque du Soleil’s Alegria and Slava’s Snow Show; Winchester born James Greaves is one of the UK’s most experienced mask actors and a veteran of full mask pioneers, Trestle Theatre; London-born Angela Laverick and Gloucester-born Joshua Patel have both worked previously with Vamos Theatre, including tours of two acclaimed productions, “The Best Thing and A Brave Face”.
The show is an exploration of death but, most importantly, a celebration of life – and an opportunity to get people talking and thinking about the ultimate shared experience. Being wordless and visual, the show is also accessible to deaf and hard of hearing audiences without a signer.
“Dead Good” is at Theatre Royal Bury St Edmunds for one night only, Tuesday, March 3, at 7.30pm. Tickets are on sale via the Box Office, call 01284 769505, book online at www.theatreroyal.org/shows/dead-good/ or visit the theatre in person.