15 July 2021, The Tablet

The sense of an ending


The sense of an ending

Last Easter (left to right):?Naana Agyei-Ampadu, Jodie Jacobs and Peter Caulfield

 

Last Easter
Orange Tree Theatre, London

A Catholic, a Jew, and a Buddhist go into the hospital room of a friend dying with cancer. It sounds like the set-up for a joke but the punchline in Bryony Lavery’s play Last Easter is one that hits us all – what beliefs or rituals might help at the end?

First staged in 2004, the play was due to be revived last year in the season of its title, until theatres closed. This production is out of calendar sync, but has extra resonance in a society more aware of mortality than since the Second World War.

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