The Interminable Suicide Of Gregory Church, by Daniel Kitson
Show type: Edinburgh Fringe 2009
When a man decides to die, he should put his business in order. He should cancel direct debits, empty the fridge, clean the house and, thinks Gregory, he should write letters.
Aidan - 02/08/2009
I saw the preview of this at Battersea Arts Centre last night. It's one of the best pieces of stand up I've ever seen. Funny, moving and in the end, life affirming. A truly brilliant piece of comedy and storytelling!
Jeff - 30/07/2009
Saw this as a draft this week in Battersea. Less of a play or a monologue and more a one sided story! Kitson gradually draws his audience into the strange tale of a man who decided to kill himself but was delayed by the very process of notifying those he knew via an old fashioned typed letter. Running at about 1 hour when we saw this Kitson reveals fact by absurd fact about the titular Mr G Church until by the end you are as beguiled and fascinated as he clearly still is by Mr Church. The choices that appear to have been made to rescue a suicide and reignite his interest in life and the wider world around him gain comedic value from repetition and context. A fascinating glipmse into another life and a reminder that just by choosing to continue to exist your very physical presence may give others courage and hope. Well worth seeing. Gentle but profound!
John McSpadyen - 30/07/2009
Saw a preview of Daniel Kitson's new show last night at the Battersea Arts Centre. Tremendous - by turns funny, tender, passionate, life-affirming. See this show!