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Three shows dealing with grief

By | Published on Thursday 3 August 2023

Three Shows dealing with grief being staged at Edinburgh Festival 2023 

Help Yourself | Summerhall |until 27 Aug (pictured)
Yes, yes, I know, this is possibly not the most cheerful choice for a set of tips, but honestly, there is cheery, hopeful, resonant stuff to be had here. And this particular show, from the theatre section, is a comedic piece exploring the real issues of self care, grief and friendship. “Have you ever wanted to make someone stop crying and just shut up? Then our ‘Help Yourself’ seminar is for you!” Click here for info and tickets.

Good Grief: Five Deserts In Search Of My Father | Hill Street Theatre | 4-27 Aug
So, you see it’s not all bad, is it? After all, this one has a bit of a pun in the name, and though it’s poignant, it also promises to be personal and funny. Writer and musician Jon Lawrence walked 500km over five deserts – Sahara, Rangipo, Wadi Rum, Atacama and Mojave –  to grieve for his father and raise money for charity. And here, he tells his story. Click here for info and tickets.

Grown Up Orphan Annie | Gilded Balloon Patter House | until 27 Aug
Another one listed under theatre, but also described as dark comedy, and which also serves up optimism, songs and animal sidekicks alongside the promised element of grief. I confess that this show from Katherine Bourne Taylor caught my eye because of youthful memories of Little Orphan Annie, but I’m definitely prepared to take a look at Grown Up Annie’s cool celebrity lifestyle. Click here for info and tickets.