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A Good Death? and Menagerie Theatre present: An Everyday Family Practice

4:00pm-5:00pm on Saturday 27 March

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Join us for the premiere of An Everyday Family Practice, written by Patrick Morris, Co-Artistic Director of Menagerie Theatre Company. This touching, darkly humorous and at times challenging drama explores the impact on a family of a diagnosis of terminal illness. An Everyday Family Practice is an original short play, devised, filmed and premiered at the 2021 Cambridge Festival.

Inspired by literary, historical and sociological research into the experiences of those closely affected by death, dying and bereavement, An Everyday Family Practice follows a young man’s attempts to create what he believes will be a true memorial of himself and of his relationships, even as they alter and are transformed by the extreme situation in which he and his family find themselves. It represents family relationships as they often are, in their ordinariness, rather than idealising them.

This twenty minute play was developed as part of ‘A Good Death?’, a research and impact project based in the Faculty of English, University of Cambridge. Led by Dr Laura Davies, the project uses literature to open up conversations about death and dying, and draws on historical death writing to inspire new ways of thinking and talking about life, death and dying. An Everyday Family Practice is part of a series of short dramatic pieces and an ongoing work-in-progress, in which research and theatre are in dialogue. Three short audio plays, written by Patrick Morris, are available free online at

The screening will be followed by a short ‘in conversation’ interview between Laura and Patrick, in which they will talk about the ideas and impetus behind their collaboration and discuss the research which inspired this new drama.

Booking/Registration is: RECOMMENDED

This event will premiere on the University's YouTube channel.

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Additional Information

Age: Adults
Timing: Available on Demand, Live Stream
Theme: Health, Society
Image copyright: Gemma Evans via Unsplash

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