Mayfest 2015: How To Disappear Completely

Event Details

14 May 2015 to 15 May 2015
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South West
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Bristol Old Vic Studio

In September of 2000, lighting designer Itai Erdal received a phone call telling him his mother was diagnosed with lung cancer and had nine months to live. Itai, a recent film school graduate, promptly moved back to Israel to spend every moment he could with his dying mother. During that time he shot hours of film and hundreds of pictures, documenting the final months of her life. In a starkly simple yet deeply profound new work, Erdal invites us to witness the story about the circumstances surrounding his mother’s passing. At the heart is Mery Erdal’s vibrant personality, the strong bond she had with her son and how she faced her imminent death.

"How to Disappear Completely" is a personal yet universal story of life, death and the special tie between and a mother and her son.

Part of the PHPC15 Cultural Programme, supported by the Wellcome Trust.

"The ethical, philosophical, and legal questions which surround the potential act of euthanasia are addressed by Erdal in a beautifully simple piece of performance… the political is personal and the personal is political, and it is at this point of intersection and convergence that art and theatre become the great consolation for the soul. " -★★★★- Orna O’ Connor, The Public Review

"Erdal has brilliant stage presence and genuine skill for storytelling, though his honesty sometimes teeters on uncomfortable." -★★★★ – Rowena Mcintosh, The List

Prices: £12 / £8

Duration: 60 minutes

Age: 14+


To book: / 0117 987 7877

Dying Matters Blog: Itai Erdal: life is beautiful and I made the most of it. 

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