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Killing Roger - Pleasance and Greenwich Theatres

Preview by Lizzie Guilfoyle

KILLING Roger, by Sparkle and Dark Theatre Co, will visit the Pleasance Theatre (June 2- 5) and Greenwich Theatre (June 16 and 17) as part of a national tour.

Could you Kill Someone Billy? I mean really, could you? What if they asked you to?

The tour (April 23 to June 24) follows the success of 5 star runs in London and Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2013 and coincides with Dying Matters week.

Using stunning life-sized puppetry and original live music, this new play exploring assisted dying approaches one of the most important questions of our generation.

Inspired by prize winning author L.W. Illsley’s personal experiences of Hodgkin’s disease and the care industry, Killing Roger tells the moving and poignant tale of Roger and Billy, two unlikely friends at opposite ends of their lives.

The show was first produced in association with Little Angel Theatre (the ‘Home of British Puppetry’) in March 2013, and has since received an Arts Award from the Wellcome Trust and support from the Mason Institute following its bold and striking exploration of assisted dying.

Sparkle and Dark is a touring theatre company based in North East London, producing shows that utilise new writing and live music with innovative stage and puppet design. Founding members include writer/performer Louisa Ashton and director/designer Shelley Knowles-Dixon. Both met whilst working at the BBC, where they discovered a shared passion for exciting live art and puppetry. In 2009, they joined forces with musician and poet Lawrence Illsley and sculptor Anna Shuttleworth.

In most venues, there will be a Q&A after the show.

Assisted Dying Debate: At Greenwich Theatre on June 17 (5.30pm – 7pm) there will be a public panel-led debate on assisted dying, led by experts in ethics, law, and politics.

The tour will also visit Luton, Windsor, Chelmsford, Lancaster, Brighton, Mansfield, Bracknell, Jersey, Hereford, Salford Quays, Halifax and Portsmouth.

For more information visit www.sparkleanddark.com/.