As part of AM I DEAD YET, Royal Exchange Associate Artist Chris Thorpe and Unlimited Theatre's Jon Spooner will be holding a DEATH CAFE on Thursday 21st April, 3pm - 5pm...
'We have made a new theatre show "Am I Dead Yet?". It's about death and dying and about how we don’t talk about it enough. Which is actually a lot more fun than it sounds. The show is inspired by research into contemporary developments in resuscitation science and made in collaboration with Emergency Care doctors and professionals and is performed this April at the Royal Exchange Theatre in Manchester. As part of the show we're going to be running Death Cafe's at each venue/place we tour to. We'd love for you to join us for tea, cake and chats about death.' Chris Thorpe and Jon Spooner
DEATH CAFE | THURSDAY 21 APRIL | 3pm - 5pm
So what is a Death Cafe?
At a Death Cafe people, often strangers, gather to eat cake, drink tea and discuss death. Our objective is 'to increase awareness of death with a view to helping people make the most of their (finite) lives'.
A Death Cafe is a group directed discussion of death with no agenda, objectives or themes. It is a discussion group rather than a grief support or counselling session.
Death Cafe is a 'social franchise'. This means that people who sign up to our guide and principles can use the name Death Cafe, post events to this website and talk to the press as an affiliate of Death Cafe.
Death Cafes have spread quickly across Europe, North America and Australasia. As of today, we have offered 3013 Death Cafes since September 2011. If 10 people came to each one that would be 30130 participants. We've established both that there are people who are keen to talk about death and that many are passionate enough to organise their own Death Cafe.
The Death Cafe model was developed by Jon Underwood and Sue Barsky Reid, based on the ideas of Bernard Crettaz. More Information.