Assisted Suicide The Musical

Assisted Suicide The Musical

Thu 17 - Fri 18 November 2016

Autumn 2016 | DaDaFest

Disabled activist, actor and comedian Liz Carr has chosen the spectacular world of musical theatre as the backdrop to exploring the complex and controversial subject of assisted suicide in her new show Assisted Suicide: The Musical.

On 11 September 2015, MPs voted overwhelmingly against legalising assisted suicide. Opinion polls would have you believe that the majority of the UK population believe it’s a humane choice to legalise assisted suicide for terminally ill or disabled people, but Liz Carr and many other disabled people disagree.

Confronting the lack of creative work exploring this most topical taboo, she joins director Mark Whitelaw (Duckie, Ursula Martinez, New Art Club), composer Ian Hill (Duckie) and a cast of performers to express an important and often unheard perspective through the medium of musical theatre.

Supported by Unlimited, with funding from Arts Council England and additional support from a Wellcome Trust People Award.

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Audio Described:


Liz has been on Newsnight to oppose the legalization of assisted suicide, she has been on a Euthanasia Road Trip to visit all the countries where it is currently legal and has made a BBC World Service documentary on the subject. But, as a performer and a lover of musical theatre, she believes that the best way to explore this most topical of taboos is through a show tune, some sequins and a choreographed chorus line of disabled people in medical hoists. That’s why Assisted Suicide The Musical was born.

Liz is excited to be working with Olivier Award winning director and dramaturg Mark Whitelaw to devise a show that will provoke audiences by subverting notions of choice, dignity, compassion and quality of life through music, comedy, spectacle and most importantly, through shared humanity.



Isaac Bernier-Doyle
Liz Carr
Gillian Dean
David James
Stephanie James
Claire Willoughby

Liz Carr  is known for playing forensic examiner Clarissa Mullery on the BBC drama Silent Witness. As a stand-up comedian, she is a regular in the comedy line-up Abnormally Funny People and for 7 years she co-hosted the irreverently funny BBC Ouch! podcast with Mat Fraser.   Liz is a campaigner for disability rights and also a member of Not Dead Yet, an international network of disabled people opposed to the legalisation of assisted suicide

Mark Whitelaw is a theatre director and dramaturg who has worked with numerous companies in the UK and internationally. Founder of the Glee Club Performance Company, he has also devised and directed work for Duckie including Lullaby and Class Club (both specially commissioned for the Barbican) and the Olivier Award winning C'est Barbican. He has co-written and directed Ursula Martinez, Amsterdam-based theatre artist Peter Zegveld and his work has been seen in over 20 countries, playing theatres in New York, Sydney, Berlin and Tokyo. His upcoming projects include work on Penny for the Guy a large-scale outdoor spectacular with Duckie, working with street drinkers in Vauxhall, and creating Free Admission with Ursula Martinez.

Ian Hill is a composer and performer. He has written for musical theatre including Duckie’s Olivier Award winning show C’est Barbican, seven shows with renowned artist Rose English, and dozens of other shows. He has also produced over two hundred scores for TV.  

Lucy Bradridge trained at the Central School of Speech and Drama. Her numerous theatre and comedy design credits include The Wizard of Oz for Dog Theatre (1997); Between a Rock and a Hard Place(1998) and This Way Up (1999) for the Cambridge Footlights; Mel and Sue's Back To Our Roots tour (1999); the Open Mike Awards for Avalon Productions (2000–02); AutoBoosh(2000); Fever! The Peggy Lee Story (2000) and Music to Watch Boys By (2001) for Kate Dimbleby; and The Last Chancers for Angel Eye TV and Channel 4 (2003); Piggy Nero's The Bubonic Play (2005); Moonjourney starring Alice Lowe (2005); musical trio Pluck in The Specialists ; wardrobe assistant on Andrew Wooley's feature Stoned (2005). She designed the clowns' costumes and props for Cirque du Soleil's Varekai (2002) and Zumanity (2003).

David James has worked in the professional theatre for over 40 years as a costume designer, writer, dramaturg, and performer, in New York, Los Angeles, and London, working on productions directly with Kander & Ebb, Bock & Harnick, Michael Bennett, Bob Fosse, Michael Kidd, John Guare, Alvin Ailey and Jose Quintaro, among many others. His plays have won awards in both the US and the UK, and have been produced by the BBC World Services, Radio4, and the South African Broadcasting System. In 2010, he founded ‘BOOK Music & Lyrics’ (, a professional development programme for emerging musical theatre practitioners - the only organisation in the UK addressing this need. Current projects include Mountain Medicine (a TV drama series in development) and Bandemonium, a jukebox musical commissioned by Josef Weinberger. He also performs new burlesque, both with Liz Carr and with Naked Boys Reading. 


‘Gives an insight that is vitally needed, while also providing spectacular entertainment.’ Disability Arts, read the full review here

#AssistedSuicideTheMusical‪ Great ensemble, great show, great direction. Funny, powerful. Life affirming. Good luck with the tour. Fantastic!

Just caught preview of comedian Liz Carr's ‪#AssistedSuicidetheMusical Scrupulously argued, savagely funny and brilliantly sung ‪@weareunltd


show details

Dates: Thu 17 - Fri 18 Nov
Times: 8pm
Running time: TBC
Prices:  £10 (£8 conc)
Charges: 50p card transaction | £1 postage

Venue: Unity One

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