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Killing Roger (Sparkle And Dark)

By | Published on Saturday 17 August 2013

An absolutely heart-wrenching new play exploring the controversial issue of euthanasia. The performance charts the friendship that blossoms between a young college student, Billy, and a dying elderly man, Roger, who ultimately requests that Billy help him end his life. The beautiful script, phenomenal puppetry, and stunning live music make this an incredible piece of theatre. The life-sized Roger is manned by two skilled puppeteers, who perfectly capture the essence of the wheezy, fading character. Despite the obvious harrowing nature of the play, the conversations between the two main characters are tender yet humorous, giving the audience the occasional bit of light relief amongst all the sadness. This performance is intensely thought-provoking, and impossible to forget.

Underbelly Cowgate, until 25 Aug (not 13), 12.40pm.
tw rating 5/5 | [Jessica Cropper]