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How to be Immortal

Wed 15 Jan 2014

How to be Immortal

An intriguing play entitled How to be Immortal will be hosted at Quay Arts this February, with its curious subject matter already attracting attention from frequent theatre-goers on the Isle of Wight.

Developed by the Lowry and West Yorkshire Playhouse in conjunction with Harrogate, the performance discusses the relative immortality of a woman called Henrietta Lacks, who died in West Virginia in 1951.

While her body is gone, her cells remain alive today, dividing endlessly in laboratories where they are studied in every detail by scientists across the globe, seeking cures for all manner of ailments and diseases.

It is this limbo that her daughter Deborah struggles to come to terms with in this tale of love, death and DNA, which actually encompasses three separate stories discussing what we leave behind after we a gone.

The story sounds enough to keep the audience hooked, but the innovation does not end there, with live music on the cello, squeezebox and ukelele also featuring prominently. One of the songs has even been composed using the double-helix of human DNA coding.

With direction by experienced stalwart of the theatrical community Kirsty Housley, this play expertly explores our connections with the dead and why they matter.

This challenging piece of theatre can be seen at Quay Arts in the Isle of Wight town of Newport for one night only on February 15th.

Tickets are just £10 and the show kicks off at 7:30pm, with the doors open from 6:30pm.

The Isle of Wight hosts a vibrant and exciting arts scene, so if this dramatic performance questioning life and death isn't for you, there is always something more light-hearted going on - be it comedy, drama or pantomime.ADNFCR-3083-ID-801682686-ADNFCR

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