Kill Yourself Laughing this February with Natural Causes!

Kelvin Players

Bristol theatre group The Kelvin Players are excited to present one of the later plays from one of Britain’s most well-loved and successful tv sitcom writer’s and playwright Eric Chappell.

Originally performed in 1984 with George Cole in the lead role, Natural Causes is a black comedy filled with mistaken identities, hilarious consequences and witty dialogue all centring upon the subject of assisted suicide.

Almost thirty years on from the play’s first publication this controversial and often marginalised topic hit the headlines again in recent weeks as the Independent Commission on Assisted Dying, which was set up and funded in part by the writer Sir Terry Pratchett, has commissioned a report calling for legalisation of euthanasia in the United Kingdom.

This suspenseful and darkly thrilling production has an ensemble cast of both seasoned and newer members of the company guided by director Alex Needham. Alex ‘s previous direction earned Kelvin a coveted Rose bowl award for Best Dramatic Production in 2010 for Potter’s Brimstone and Treacle, a play similar to this one with its dark and difficult subject matter but without the relief of laughter Natural Causes affords its audience. He personally championed the selection of this particular play to be on Kelvin’s 2012 theatrical programme.

Alex said “Natural Causes is wickedly funny, cleverly written and appeals to my dark sense of humour. It literally made me laugh out loud and I knew before I had finished reading it that I had to direct this play and see it performed. The question remains who will actually drink the poison at the hands of euthanasia merchant Vincent? The wife, the mistress or even the errant husband? If the laughter doesn’t kill you then the suspense will!”.

Natural Causes will be performed at the Kelvin Studios from Tuesday 14th to Saturday 18th February 2012, at 7.30pm. Tickets are £8 on the Tuesday night, and £10 on Wednesday through to Saturday.

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