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Dicing With Dr Death (Dr Philip Nitschke)

By | Published on Monday 17 August 2015

Dicing With Dr Death

“I’m going to teach you how to kill yourself,” he says. Dressed in a Hawaiian shirt and the obligatory white coat is Philip Nitschke, aka Dr Death, who legally assisted in the suicide of four patients in the Nineties. Alarm over the implications of this controversial show almost saw it cancelled, amid concern that it violated assisted suicide laws; consequently, it is laden with legal disclaimers. In an eerie vault nestled in the Old Town, Nitschke tackles one of the last taboos, and is very matter-of-fact in his belief in the right of the terminally ill to take control of their deaths. Although it takes a little while to warm up, ‘Dicing With Dr Death’ is engaging and highly thought-provoking.

Just The Tonic at The Caves, until 29 Aug.
tw rating 4/5 | [Daisy Malt]