Don't Send Flowers
Don't Send Flowers by Emily Garside
6 & 11 september 2019
About Don’t Send Flowers
Grace meets Louis, who tries to chat her up in a waiting room. Pretty soon they spark up an ill-advised affair. Meanwhile she has started having coffee with John, who she talked out wasting the rest of his life on self-help books. While Grace helps John finish his life’s work, before life gives up on him, she loses herself in Louis. When Grace’s father dies, it brings home what brought their dysfunctional group together in the first place, and all three are forced to confront their feelings.
‘Don’t send Flowers’ is a darkly funny look at life and death and living with both. And how cake if not a cure for cancer, is a pretty effective placebo.
Director: Ashley Cummings
Writer: Emily Garside
Producer: Steve Bennett
Creative Support: Naomi Underwood, Jana Holesworth
Grace: Ffion King
Louis: Tom Lloyd-Kendall
John: James Scannell
About Emily Garside
Having trained in Montreal and later RADA, Emily abandoned theatre and writing to become an academic. On returning to playwriting after completing her PhD, she was a part of The Other Room’s Young Artists Festival in 2016. Following this her short play 'Always Tuesday' was performed at the Southwark Playhouse (2017). She was part of Dirty Protest's 'Election Night Special' in 2017 and was part of Chippy Lane's 2017 scratch night with 'Party Like it's 1985'. She is currently working on a commissioned piece drawing on her academic research into HIV/AIDS and performance. In her professional life she now bridges the creative and academic with her work as a dramaturg and theatre researcher.
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