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The Mourning Party

Sun 14th – Mon 29th Aug 2011

NO UPCOMING PERFORMANCES

“Telling their personal stories, the group from a nowhere-town in Indiana form an unlikely bond.”

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Up In The Gods

SUMMARY

It is late November 1963 in Monticello, Indiana. Three strangers meet in a bar to mourn the loss of their beloved president JFK.

A washed-up actor.

A visiting businessman.

A bored housewife.

They all want something more from life, and until that afternoon, had looked to Jack to provide it. Temporarily freed from social conventions, the three unhappy souls share their pain. Telling their personal stories, the group from a nowhere-town in Indiana form an unlikely bond. But when they confront the outside world again, will the new alliance survive?

Up In The Gods return to the Fringe following last year’s successful run of four-star production The Gay Geese (BBC Playtime award-winner 2010). The Mourning Party tells the story of America’s reaction to the JFK assassination and the grief felt by a nation losing its hero. The play is an examination of human nature under social pressure. The dialogue between the three characters at the bar captures the visceral pain and dark humour of those in mourning, and ultimately demonstrates how the cult of personality can consume the ordinary individual.

Praise for The Mourning Party:

“Excellent interspersed dialogue”

- The Manchester Mule

Praise for The Gay Geese:

“Touching, highly charged and poignant, with just the right amount of humour.”

- Pink Paper

Fringe Review recommended show

Admission: £7.50(£6.50) – £9.50(£8.50)

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