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Live Theatre- Distant Voices Presents- 5 A DAY- Moments of Love and Death
Wed, 25th October, 2017 @ 19:00pm - 21:30pm£4 – £8
Distant Voice brings a piece of powerful theatre to SpArC with a chance for discussion afterwards.
5 A DAY is a play about our search for ‘a good death,’ an end without pain,loneliness or fear.
Who has the so called ‘right to die? Where will it start, who will it end with? Questioning, revealing, heart breaking, it’s our story, it will be your story
It is human nature to crave control where none seems available.
But do we really know anything about euthanasia?
Do we see that choice at the end as easy, a gentle fading out?
Or are we oblivious to the real story?
Preferring the cinematic view, keenly placed in our heads by the likes of DIGNITAS and DIGNITY IN DYING.
In 5 a Day, disabled rights activist Nikki Kenward asks the tough questions about the cost of euthanasia. Based on rigorous research (thanks to MENCAP, the CIPOLD REPORT, interviews with doctors, families, and research academics) 5 a Day leaves no stone unturned as it delves into the risk to disabled people, the elderly, the locked-in, and terminally ill children.
We are determined not to preach to the converted. Euthanasia is a polarising and deeply personal issue; our aim is to get our audience asking the question, in a debate that has so far been very one sided.
Let’s be clear, we DON’T want people to end their lives in unnecessary, uncontrollable pain.
80% of the UK population is in support of a change in the law towards euthanasia.
The two most common reasons given are: choice and the prevention of unnecessary suffering. We want to spin this perspective on its head, to help the public have a fairer and more balanced view of the debate. 5 a Day asks you to look at the way patients are deprived of choice at the end of their lives, when assisted suicide is legalized.
“Given time and the right drugs I have only on two occasions in all my years of work, been unable to help someone’s pain.”
— Dr. Richard Lamerton, Medical Officer to St. Josephs Hospice and acolyte of Dame Cicely Saunders.
Most people don’t realise this, but if you talk to palliative care experts like Dr Lamerton, it is possible in nearly all cases to offer good pain relief at the end of life. The hospice movement ethos is: ‘help people to live until they die.’ The problem is, training and resources for end of life care are severely underfunded by the NHS. Patients are being deprived of the CHOICE to stop their pain.