Henrietta Lacks died in West Virginia in 1951, but her cells are still alive, dividing endlessly in laboratories all over the world. It’s taken Deborah years to come to terms with her mother’s death. Now she’s got to deal with her immortality.
Rosa’s fallen in love with Mick the decorator. She plays cello, he plays squeezebox – an unlikely combination but they sound good together. Trouble is she’s pregnant and he’s about to die.
Its 1951. Dr George Gey and his wife Margaret are about to make a mind-bending discovery using an adapted cement mixer and some calves liver puree.
All they need is the right biopsy…
Live music, dead people, love and DNA all intertwine in this twisted new play about what death leaves behind.
“Sometimes people fade with time, like the smell on a shirt. Sometimes they stay forever”
This moving production, directed by Complicité associate Kirsty Housley, is not easily shaken from the mind. From the company that brought you Bitches Ball and The Missionary Position, a bold, humorous and original new play by Mira Dovreni, about our connections to the dead and why they matter. Developed with The Lowry and West Yorkshire Playhouse. Created in association with The Albany, Harrogate Theatre and Jackson’s Lane. Assisted in development by scientists from the Division of Medicine at UCL and Manchester University.
Director: Kirsty Housley
Running Time: 100-110 mins approx (inc. Interval)
Age Guidance: 13+
“A lot of wit, a lot of invention… a very stimulating, enjoyable piece” TimeOut (Etherdome)
“(Penny Dreadful) combine scientific fact with historical fiction, drawing equally from the operating table and the bunkum booth. The clowning is first-rate” The Guardian (Etherdome)
“This terrific real-life story is played out with bravado, humour and a poignant spirit.” The Stage on The Bitches Ball
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