Ellie Harrison presents
Tue 12 Nov 2013 | 7.30pm (55 mins) | £9/£7
A playful and provocative solo performance exploring our ways of dealing with public and private grief.
In a piece at once heart-wrenching and heart-warming, performer Ellie Harrison explores the wide-ranging emotions that follow an overwhelming loss, taking the audience on an irreverent journey through the variously uncomfortable, funny and peculiar rituals of mourning, and suggesting a guide for dealing with both public and private grief in all its glorious – and less glorious – manifestations.
Incorporating her own online alter ego, Ellie also asks questions about the nature of public grief – does the British ‘stiff upper lip’ help or inhibit how we deal with our feelings, and is there such a thing as a collective identity that affects how we grieve? – before offering coping mechanisms, moral support, a little musical accompaniment and a large splash of port.
Praise for Etiquette Of Grief:
“Ellie Harrison punctures the pomposities – both personal and collective – associated with grieving. Her gently ironic delivery keeps you constantly guessing: is this serious or not? It’s both. One in a series of seven grief projects by Harrison, I look forward to more.”
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So many would say that there truly was no one like him, who personified love, generosity and the deepest type of empathy and desire to understand those lucky enough to have met him. With great humour he was able to create an instant connection with anyone he encountered. He was able to translate this desire to nurture and connect into his performance practice and in doing so leaves behind not only an incredible and influential body of work but a multitude of audience members across the world who have in some way been transformed by these encounters.
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