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'Whose Life Is It Anyway'

by Brian Clark

Directed by Suzanne Harris

in performance 7th April - 14th April 2018


"A doctor's job is to save lives"

When sculpture Ken Harrison is permanently paralysed from the neck down, after a car accident, he resolves to die rather than live in his physically helpless state. His struggle for the right to decide what happens to his own body makes for a gripping play. It explores the issues of human dignity and medical ethics with a great deal of humour and compassion. The play is entertaining while challenging beliefs and opinions. Our lives are defined by what we can do, what we create, what we embrace and who we include. If your life's definition changed dramatically how would you react?

Cast:

Ken Harrison...................Stephen Malyon

Ken's mother...................Van Corbould

Ken's father.....................Tony Donnelly

Ken's fiancée...................Jennifer Walker

Sister Anderson...............Viv Stapleton

Kay Sadler.......................Alex Meason

John................................Ben Donovan

Dr Clare Scott.................Kellie Risby

Dr Michael Emerson........Nigel Taylor

Ms Boyle.........................Melinda Hunt

Phillip Hill .......................TO BE CAST.....Late 30s-40s

Dr Travers ......................Paul Grimshaw

Peter Kershaw................Patrick Neylan

Dr Barr ...........................Tricia Sutton

Eden Barrister ................Clive Madel

Judge..............................Maureen Hardwen

TO BE CAST:

A large part, Philip Hill, a solicitor who agrees to take on the case of Ken Harrison. Ken is paralysed from the neck down after a car accident and now wishes the hospital to release him, knowing that death will follow. This play explores one of the most important bio-ethical issues of our time. It is full of humour and compassion. The character of Philip Hill is a thoughtful and articulate man (late 30s-40s).....crucial to the storyline; interacting with several other characters throughout the play.

I am adding sequences to the production and using a stylised set. If you are interested and want to know more please contact me as soon as possible.


Director Suzanne Harris

suzannesbriggs@btinternet.com, phone 02083099897, mob 07944675571

Performance Dates: April 7th -14th 2018

Rehearsals from Monday February 19th [Mon/Wed/Fri/7.45pm--10pm] [plus Sun March 25th and Sun April 1st 10am --3pm]


The Edward Alderton Theatre is a non-professional performance venue in Bexleyheath, Kent, founded in 1976. It has a raked auditorium seating 74, a proscenium stage, a fully licensed bar, a deaf loop, toilets and free onsite parking. Smoking is strictly prohibited anywhere on the premises. Performances commence at 8pm. Social evenings are held every Wednesday from 9pm, except during show weeks. Non-members welcome.




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