Big questions in witty play at the Talisman

Pete Gillam on the bed, taking advice from director Rod Wilkinson in rehearsals
Pete Gillam on the bed, taking advice from director Rod Wilkinson in rehearsals

The witty and poignant Whose Life Is It Anyway comes to the Talisman Theatre in Kenilworth next week.

Brian Clark’s play, based on a 1972 Granada TV production, was first staged in 1978 starring Tom Conti and Jane Asher. The production went on to win the Laurence Olivier Award for best new play before moving to Broadway in 1980. It has been revived as a stage play many times since and a film version starring Richard Dreyfuss was released in 1981.

The plot revolves around Ken (Pete Gillam), a sculptor, paralysed from the neck down after a car accident. No longer able to create art or make love or have any semblance of normal life, he has resolved to die. In a series of alternately sharp, witty and poignant arguments with a strong cast of doctors, psychiatrists, nurses, orderlies and cleaners representing the medical establishment surrounding him, the case for and against euthansia is argued.

Director Rod Wilkinson said: “The humour and tenderness of this wonderful play are perfect for the intimacy of the Talisman stage.

“I am also delighted to have been able to assemble a very talented cast and support crew. Please do come along and enjoy this wonderful show.”

The action takes place on a set designed by Phil Spencer, lit by new Talisman Chairman Nigel Elliot with sound by Dik Thacker and stage-managed by Richard Crump.

The show runs from Monday June 6 to Saturday June 11. Call 856548 or visit talismantheatre.co.uk to book.