Review of Dying Matters Staff Comedy Night- May 2019
By Maidstone and Tunbridge Well's NHS Trust
The Trust’s Comedy Evening was a sell-out success, with over 150 staff welcoming three high profile comedians sharing their experiences and reflections on near-death, funerals and dying. The evening was full of laughs and giggles, while being inspirational, humbling and thought provoking.
Jim Tavare, of The Sketch Show and Harry Potter & the Prisoner of Azkaban fame, shared his near death car crash experience in America and the long journey back to health (which he is still working on!). He gave praise to the NHS and celebrates it’s wonder and importance to our Society. His deadpan approach made this incredible story, remarkably funny.
Mitch Benn, a regular contributor to BBC Radio 4’s ‘The Now Show’, gave a very different experience with humoured songs played with his guitar on reflections on death, dying, funerals and bereavement.
Compared by Paul Kerensa; writer for ‘Miranda’, ‘Not Going Out’ & Pause for Thought radio 2 breakfast show contributor, who spoke about his own idiosyncratic brushes with death and weird body parts!!
It was truly an evening to encourage talking about death and dying- everything that Dying Matters Awareness Week is about. It promoted the ethos that talking about death, doesn’t make it happen and that expressing your wishes regarding end of life care to your loved ones, will mean you are more likely to achieve a comfortable death.
All profits made will be ploughed back into Trust wide End of Life Care initiatives.