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The Etiquette of Grief

  • Sutton House Homerton High Street London, England, E9 United Kingdom (map)
The Etiquette of Grief

Etiquette of Grief is a playful and provocative guide to dealing with bereavement through the medium of interactive theatre by Ellie Harrison.

This beautifully intelligent, funny and heart-warming piece is about love, sadness and loss.  Ellie compares our personal and public responses to grief through song and filmic re-enactments.

Thousands of people struggled to cope with the deaths of Princess Diana, Jade Goody, Michael Jackson and even occasionally their own loved ones. Ellie knows it can be difficult to express feelings of anger, sadness and loss. She would like to provide some moral support, some Dutch courage and perhaps even a little musical accompaniment to help you at this testing time.

Ellie’s distinctive brand of solo performance combines a digital alter-ego, audience games and plenty of port in a celebration of our freedom of expression, even in our darkest of moments.

Ellie makes interactive theatre for stately homes, one man tents and even sometimes theatre buildings. In the past this has led her to: dressing as an elephant, handing out Rosemary cake and building an Unfair funfair about anger for town squares. 

Ellie Harrison punctures the pomposities - both personal and collective - associated with grieving. Her gently ironic delivery keeps you constantly guessing: is this serious or not? It's both. One in a series of seven grief projects by Harrison, I look forward to more
The Observer
"Etiquette of Grief is a gem of a show. Ellie Harrison is definitely one to watch!"
Robert Pacitti, SPILL Festival

Etiquette of Grief was developed with support from Leeds Metropolitan University and the National Lottery through Arts Council England. It was also supported by Leeds University through the Incubator Fund and the LCCT.

In 2011/2012 Etiquette of Grief toured to SIBIU Festival, Romania; Trauma Conference, Prague; Leeds Met Gallery & Studio Theatre; The Carriageworks, Leeds; Theatre in the Mill, Bradford; ARC Stockton Arts Centre; Word of Warning, Zion Arts Centre, Manchester; Gateshead International Festival of Theatre; The Maltings, Berwick-upon-Tweed; Camden People's Theatre, London; Arnolfini, Bristol as part of BLOP 2012; Harrogate Theatre and the New Wolsey Theatre, Ipswich as part of PULSE Festival 2012.