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A Practical Guide to Death

Pippa Frith & Kate Chapman

An anthology of short-form dramas exploring the theme of death, the extraordinary subject that literally affects us all. Each drama is accompanied by a discussion episode – where the writers reflect on the themes of their plays with end of life specialists including end of life doulas, therapists and morticians.

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Nov 18 2021
8 mins
Knowing the unknowable; is it possible to be prepared for death?
In this companion episode to the play Breathe In Breathe Out, Katrina Taee, end of life doula, former counsellor and co-writer of Surviving the Tsunami of Grief returns to talk to writer Rochi Rampal about the experience of being alongside someone as they die.As an end of life doula Katrina draws on her professional experience of supporting individuals and their families through death.She and Rochi ask whether the cliches and coded language around death and dying are getting in our way and reflect on how we can come to terms with the mysteries of the end of life.Content informationThis episode contains references to death and the process of dying.About Katrina TaeeKatrina Taee started her professional life as a nurse and later trained to become a psychosynthesis counsellor. She worked as a volunteer counsellor for a hospice as well as running her private practice for 17 years.Her special interest has always been working with those who are grieving which led to focus on end of life and eventually to training as an end of life doula with Living Well Dying Well. Katrina now works as a doula as well as writing and talking about grief and end of life.She co-wrote the visual and oral guide Surviving the Tsunami of Grief with friend and fellow counsellor Wendelien McNicoll.LinksEnd of Life DoulasSurviving the Tsunami of GriefThe Good Grief TrustBAME in MindThe Black, African and Asian Therapy NetworkA Matter of Life and Death FestivalDeath cafes UKCreditsProduced by She Wants a Dog (Kate Chapman and Pippa Frith)Assistant Producer Daljinder JohalSound design by Iain ArmstrongSound editing by Fraser YoungsonPartner: Nottingham PlayhouseSupported by Arts Council EnglandDownload a transcript of this conversation
Nov 22 2021
46 mins
Breathe In Breathe Out
Unable to reconcile the contradictions and intensities, two post-death voices from within offer different reflections on the process of dying. Still wedded to a belief in meditation and affirmations Casey wants to hold on to the positive and let go of the struggle. Alethea, on the other hand, wants to debunk the myths and hold on to the reality.Content warningThis episode contains references to death and the process of dying.Performed by Balvinder SopalCurrently appearing on our TV screen regularly as Suki Panesar in Eastenders, Bal has worked on screen, radio and theatre throughout her career. She has appeared in Coronation Street, Emmerdale and Hollyoaks. In theatre her work spans regional theatre productions and tours including My Beautiful Laundrette (Curve Theatre co-production) in 2019 and Partition (Leeds Playhouse) in 2017/18. She has also performed in acclaimed shows such as Glasshouse with Commonwealth and Sleepless with Analogue. She has worked with companies including Trestle Theatre, Kali Theatre Company, Freedom Studios and Tamasha.Written by Rochi RampalRochi Rampal  has written and scripted theatre projects for Black Country TouringBirmingham REP (Eat!), Birmingham Literature Festival (Reliable Witness), BCT & So Festival (Life’s a Beach), Birmingham Young Rep (Birmingham From Above), BCTFoursight Theatre (The Corner Shop),Typ-Tap FestivalMac Productions (The Warrior Goddess). She has devised theatre with Stan’s Cafe, The Play House, Upstart Theatre, Pathos Munich and Highways Athens. She co-wrote ‘Between the Two’/ which toured nationally in 2017 and ‘Daily Bread’, a short story which was recorded for podcast. Her work has been performed in theatres, empty shop units, caravans, and through headphones to audiences on an outdoor 4th floor public library terrace.LinksEnd of Life DoulasSurviving the Tsunami of GriefThe Good Grief TrustBAME in MindThe Black, African and Asian Therapy NetworkA Matter of Life and Death FestivalDeath cafes UKCreditsProduced by She Wants a Dog (Kate Chapman and Pippa Frith)Assistant Producer Daljinder JohalDirected by Kate ChapmanSound design by Iain ArmstrongSound editing by Fraser YoungsonPartner: Nottingham PlayhouseSupported by Arts Council England
Nov 22 2021
26 mins
Tarot, science and complicated grief
Writer of The Tower, Annie Siddons is joined by Katrina Taee, a former nurse, counsellor, end of life doula and co-writer of the book Surviving the Tsunami of Grief.They talk about the complex grief of losing a parent when the relationship with that parent has been troubled and complicated by alcoholism or other factors.Katrina talks about her personal experience of this and also reflects on events in the play which include what appear to be post-death visitations experienced by the adult child left behind.Content informationThis episode contains references to alcoholism, death, bereavement and grief.About Katrina TaeeKatrina Taee started her professional life as a nurse and later trained to become a psychosynthesis counsellor. She worked as a volunteer counsellor for a hospice as well as running her private practice for 17 years.Her special interest has always been working with those who are grieving which led to focus on end of life and eventually to training as an end of life doula with Living Well Dying Well. Katrina now works as a doula as well as writing and talking about grief and end of life.She co-wrote the visual and oral guide Surviving the Tsunami of Grief with friend and fellow counsellor Wendelien McNicoll.LinksEnd of Life DoulasSurviving the Tsunami of GriefThe Good Grief TrustBAME in MindThe Black, African and Asian Therapy NetworkA Matter of Life and Death FestivalDeath cafes UKCreditsProduced by She Wants a Dog (Kate Chapman and Pippa Frith)Assistant Producer Daljinder JohalSound design by Iain ArmstrongSound editing by Fraser YoungsonPartner: Nottingham PlayhouseSupported by Arts Council EnglandDownload a transcript of this conversation
Nov 22 2021
57 mins
The Tower
Academic and scientist Shonagh has been asked by a colleague at the lab to record a podcast to encourage women to get into STEM. At home in her flat at the end of a sleepless night she reluctantly presses record. As she does her best to stick to the brief, a series of strange events disrupt the process and threaten to overwhelm her.Content informationThis episode contains references to alcoholism, death and bereavement.Performed by Lisa HammondLisa is an actress, writer and theatre maker. She has worked regularly with Told By an Idiot performing in Shoot me in the heart, A little fantasy, Beauty and the beast and Too clever by half. She has also worked with Improbable and has created many shows with her company Bunny including Still No Idea which had successful runs at Edinburgh Festival Fringe and the Royal Court Theatre. Other theatre work includes the National Theatre, Trestle, The RSC, Graeae and many other regional and international theatres and companies. She was a regular character in Eastenders (BBC) from 2014-2018 her other tv credits include Vera (ITV); Patricia (Sky Atlantic); One Night (BBC); Psychoville (BBC); Max and Paddy’s Road to nowhere (Ch4); Where the heart is (ITV).Mary is played by Bernadette Russell, and Janek by James Burton.Written by Annie SiddonsAnnie is a writer and performer working in comedy, stage and screen. Projects include Wild Country by Edith Tankus (co-creator) Some Old Street by Bunny, Momo for the Unicorn Theatre, How (not) to Live in Suburbia (touring and Edinburgh Fringe), Raymondo, How (not) to Fight a Family Curse (Soho/Royal Court, in development). Her most recent projects include Dennis of Penge (writer/performer Ovalhouse/Albany) Ant and Hop at Unicorn Theatre, Babylon Beyond Borders (Bush Theatre) All’s Well that Ends Well (Globe Theatre - dramaturg/writer) Her comedy persona Karima Kay has just started gigging in London. She is currently developing work for TV.LinksEnd of Life DoulasSurviving the Tsunami of GriefThe Good Grief TrustBAME in MindThe Black, African and Asian Therapy NetworkA Matter of Life and Death FestivalDeath cafes UKCreditsProduced by She Wants a Dog (Kate Chapman and Pippa Frith)Assistant Producer Daljinder JohalDirected by Kate ChapmanSound design by Iain ArmstrongSound editing by Fraser YoungsonPartner: Nottingham PlayhouseSupported by Arts Council England
Nov 22 2021
31 mins
Can facing our fear of death help us live happier lives?
Writer Leah Chillery talks to Caroline Dent, an end of life doula and specialist in Thanatophobia (fear of death). They have a frank and honest conversation about their experiences of OCD and other mental health challenges which may have a link to a fear of death. Their chat explores their childhood fears and their fascinating pathways towards a deeper self-understanding. This is a companion episode to the play Fixing Eileen.Content informationThis episode includes references to OCD, end of life and fear of death.About Caroline DentCaroline suffered from Thanatophobia (fear of death) from a very young age, and in her attempt to recover from it, she has explored metaphysics, psychology, personal growth and various spiritual teachings.Having overcome her fears, she began to volunteer with suicidal people, dying people, bereaved people, and trained to work as an end of life doula, supporting people at the end of life.Caroline is involved with the Death Cafe movement, and she started hosting her own death cafe in 2015. More recently she has started hosting online Thanatophobia Cafés, similar to Death Cafes, where people living with Thanatophobia can share their feelings with each other in a safe and welcoming space.LinksEnd of Life DoulasSurviving the Tsunami of GriefThe Good Grief TrustBAME in MindThe Black, African and Asian Therapy NetworkA Matter of Life and Death FestivalDeath cafes UKCreditsProduced by She Wants a Dog (Kate Chapman and Pippa Frith)Assistant Producer Daljinder JohalSound design by Iain ArmstrongSound editing by Fraser YoungsonPartner: Nottingham PlayhouseSupported by Arts Council EnglandDownload a transcript of this conversation
Nov 22 2021
48 mins
Fixing Eileen
Eileen’s life has been a catalogue of fads, phases and obsessions on a quest to ‘fix herself’. It’s been a rollercoaster ride that’s sometimes exhilarating but mostly exhausting. In spite of her determination to keep going, the voices in Eileen’s head just won’t let up. On a trip to tend her Mum’s grave, she decides to stop fighting them and start listening.Content informationThis episode contains references to obsessive compulsive behaviours and childhood fears of death.Performed by Danielle HenryRecent theatre work includes After Life (2021) and My Brilliant Friend at the National Theatre, Queens of the Coal Age at Royal Exchange Manchester and Christmas Carol and The Hypocrite at the RSC. She is well known for TV roles in Emmerdale, Doctors (for which she was nominated in the British Soap Awards 2014) and most recently in My Mum Tracy Beaker for CBBC and Silent Witness.Written by Leah ChilleryLeah is graduate of the BBC College of Comedy. She has written four plays for BBC Radio 4 and her work for theatre includes the hit play 50 Ways to Leave Your Lover which she co-wrote for the Bush Theatre and the Earl of Mo’ Bay which was shortlisted for the Alfred Fagon Award. Leah is also one of the first Felix Dexter bursary winners, completing a comedy writing apprenticeship with the BBC. She contributed to Newsjack, Famalam and Mrs Brown’s Boys as well as developing an original sitcom. She has been commissioned to write a short film for Eclipse Theatre in Sheffield and is also working as a dramaturg on the National Theatre’s young playwright’s programme.LinksEnd of Life DoulasSurviving the Tsunami of GriefThe Good Grief TrustBAME in MindThe Black, African and Asian Therapy NetworkA Matter of Life and Death FestivalDeath cafes UKCreditsProduced by She Wants a Dog (Kate Chapman and Pippa Frith)Assistant Producer Daljinder JohalDirected by Kate ChapmanSound design by Iain ArmstrongSound editing by Fraser YoungsonPartner: Nottingham PlayhouseSupported by Arts Council England
Nov 22 2021
31 mins
How does talking help?Tears for ££s
Grieving for his late wife but wanting to honour her requested funeral arrangements, Nyasha arrives at a café for a meeting. Resistant to the details of the transaction with the woman he has come to meet, he struggles with his feelings until they find an unexpected moment of connection.Content informationThis episode contains references to the death of a loved one and the experience of grief.Performed by Michael BalogunMichael’s recent performance as Delroy in Roy Williams’ play Death of England at the National Theatre (2020) won him many accolades. He also appeared in The National Theatre production of Macbeth directed by Rufus Norris and toured in the Royal Exchange production of The Barbershop Chronicles and in Headlong Theatre’s production of People, Places, Things. Michael has also worked with director Roy Alexander Weise at the Ovalhouse Theatre and played Macduff at the Chichester Festival Theatre.Written by Mufaro MakubikaMufaro Makubika is a Zimbabwean-born playwright living and working in Nottingham. Mufaro’s most recent work, SHEBEEN won the 2017 Alfred Fagon Award for the best new play. SHEBEEN was produced by the Nottingham Playhouse and Theatre Royal Stratford East. He is currently working with the Hampstead Theatre in London and with Fifth Word Theatre Company in Nottingham.LinksEnd of Life DoulasSurviving the Tsunami of GriefThe Good Grief TrustBAME in MindThe Black, African and Asian Therapy NetworkA Matter of Life and Death FestivalDeath cafes UKCreditsProduced by She Wants a Dog (Kate Chapman and Pippa Frith)Assistant Producer Daljinder JohalDirected by Kate ChapmanSound design by Iain ArmstrongSound editing by Fraser YoungsonPartner: Nottingham PlayhouseSupported by Arts Council England
Nov 22 2021
20 mins
Behind the scenes at the mortuaryAlice
As she passes suddenly and unexpectedly out of life, Laura peacefully observes events as they unfold. She finds herself in the capable care of Alice, a mortuary technician whose working world is unlike anything Laura has seen before.Content informationThis episode includes references to death and dying and some descriptions of autopsy procedures Performed by Amelia Bullmore A dramatist and actor, Amelia is well known for recent TV appearances in Scott and Bailey, Happy Valley and Gentleman Jack as well as Ashes to Ashes and the second series of I’m Alan Partridge playing Sonja. She is also an acclaimed playwright and script writer. Her play Di and Viv and Rose transferred to the West End and she has written for Radio and TV including Traces and Scott and Bailey. Written by Amanda WhittingtonAmanda is one of the most widely performed playwrights in the UK.  She has over 30 plays to her credit, including Be My Baby, The Thrill of Love, Ladies Day, Kiss Me Quickstep and Mighty Atoms. She has also written many original plays for BBC Radio 4 including seven series of the award-winning Radio 4 serial D for Dexter and adaptations of her stage plays.  Amanda has a PhD by Publication from the University of Huddersfield and is an Associate Artist at Nottingham Playhouse.LinksEnd of Life DoulasSurviving the Tsunami of GriefThe Good Grief TrustBAME in MindThe Black, African and Asian Therapy NetworkA Matter of Life and Death FestivalDeath cafes UKCreditsProduced by She Wants a Dog (Kate Chapman and Pippa Frith)Assistant Producer Daljinder JohalDirected by Kate ChapmanSound design by Iain ArmstrongSound editing by Fraser YoungsonPartner: Nottingham PlayhouseSupported by Arts Council England
Nov 22 2021
20 mins
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