When I Fall, If I Fall
Sharon Witton of Sue Ryder Care Homes saw When I Fall, If I Fall in Edinburgh:
Groundbreaking and challenging giving dying people a voice ... this honest performance and beautifully written script conveys with brutal clarity the lived experience of being in the dying phase ... breaking a taboo of silence. The play will be a challenge to anyone who has not really considered their mortality - yet will help people living with dying know... they are not alone! There is a lack of narrative, literature, portrayal of living in the duality of life and death... something that Dying Matters is seeking to redress. This timely show, with superb writing and delivery- portrays with remarkable honesty - the dying phase of life. This unnamed taboo is smashed with this direct portrayal of a period of time that we will mostly experience, yet often dare not consider. I would recommend anyone who wants to challenge their own taboos about death and dying... to see this amazing play.
Joyce McMillan reviewed When i Fall, If I Fall in the Scotsman:
"A fascinating piece of writing, dedicated to the memory of Claire Dowie's mother. She takes on the persona of a woman called Gloria, who seems almost like an older version of herself. Struggling with all the memory loss, loneliness, and physical weakness of great old age, Gloria nonetheless appears in full can-can costume and wig, determined to revel in the memory of her days as a showgirl, when she toured the world dancing the can-can. A clear-eyed, un-self-pitying meditation on the experience of old age - a show on a vital theme, by a writer and performer of impressive power."