Mary – Rachel Nott
Jack- Alexander Pankhurst
Jenn – Eleanor Burke
Nathan – Brendan Jones
Portia/Sarah/Social Worker – Emily Rae
Will/Administrator – Stephen Ashmore-Blakely
Creative Team pictured…
Director – Ellie Pitkin
Nott delivers a nuanced performance as Mary…an impassioned declaration of her raw, aching soul that would move even the most stoic of people.
I suspected Staying Alive would be a good play, but upon watching it I realised how complete it is – the structure, the performances and direction, the emotionally-true characters…Proof that given enough time, talent and perseverance, theatre that really says something about the human condition can be made.
It’s so painfully familiar and human…an elegant exploration of how friendships can break down and change under the weight of tragedy
Rachel Notts’ restrained performance as Mary gives the play its heart…Alexander Pankhurst and Eleanor Burke also do great work as Jack and Jenn…Brendan Jones puts in a really strong performance as Nathan
Last week was child bereavement awareness week. Prince William spoke at Child Bereavement UK’s 21st Birthday celebrations – you can hear his words on grief, here.
CBUK is a nationwide charity supporting those who are living the struggles portrayed in our upcoming production of Staying Alive – they support children who have lost a loved one, as well as grieving parents. It’s great to see Prince William speaking out on the great and long-lasting impact that bereavement has on all those effected.
In preparation for Staying Alive, the cast and I have been reading around the topic of grief and child bereavement (with thanks to Nic Whitworth from SLOW bereavement charity, for the recommendations).
Some of the books we’ve been reading are:
Billy, Me & You: A Memoir of Grief and Recovery by Nicola Streeten
Wave: A Memoir of Life After the Tsunami by Sonali Deraniyagala
The spiritual life of bereaved parents by Dennis Klass
Grieving Garden: Living with the Death of a Child – Twenty Two Parents Share Their Stories by Suzanne Redfern and Susan Gilbert
The Death of a Child by Peter Stanford
Levels of Life by julian barnes
Kadian Journal by Thomas Harding
You can read more about the work that SLOW, the bereavement charity that helped us with the research and development of Staying Alive,does on their website.
You can also get a good insight into the nature of grief, by reading this article on the CBUK website.
‘Staying Alive’ writer Kat Roberts talks to SLOW charity co-founder, Nic Whitworth, about the nature of grief, and how they worked together to research and develop the play.
Warning: Infrequent strong language.
SLOW – Surviving the Loss of your World – is a charity that supports bereaved parents. SLOW North London came about in 2007 when two bereaved mothers, Susie Hanson and Nic Whitworth, decided to provide a space where other bereaved parents could come to meet, take time out, have a cup of tea or just be with others who felt isolated in their grief. The aim at SLOW, as its name suggests, is to allow parents to grieve at their own pace and in their own time scale, and to take strength from the company and support of others; before returning to daily life and its challenges.
SLOW holds regular day-time and evening support groups for parents. The SLOWSIBS creative workshop for bereaved children is held quarterly.
Look at our website www.slowgroup.co.uk for further information.
SLOW is a small charity with a big impact – please support us by donating at localgiving.com/charity/slow