Final Farewell is a moving theatrical experience that captures the voices of seven individuals and a little black pug in six poignant audio stories. Each of these stories have been carefully crafted by writer Sudha Bhuchar, who has spoken and listened in depth to real people’s memories and accounts of their loved ones who were lost during Covid-19.
As you wander through the arches of the Henry Prince Estate and sit at the steps of St Anne’s Church with friends and other members of the community, you’ll hear the imagined voices and stories of Shahin, Baby Han, Alam, Rahman, Ann, Jassie and Oberon in a truly immersive and unique experience. We will gather back at Tara Theatre together, where you will be able to take some time to reflect on your own memories of loved ones and commemorate their lives.
Buseh Gondeh (Big Kiss)
Iranian photographer, Shahin, looks back on his last weeks, when the cup of his life was full and he was experiencing the ‘aliveness’ and ‘nowness’ of life.
Through the pulse of Travis Green’s You made a way, Baby Han shares how her mother kept faith throughout her experience and will always share her story in the hope it will resonate with other women, so they don’t feel alone.
The Truth Seekers
Two older British Muslim men, Alam and Rahman sit on a bench in a cemetery and feed the pigeons as they recount their lives as first-generation immigrants forging a new life in this country.
Colours to the Mast
Ann, aka ‘Grandma Hat’ comes back from beyond to survey her domain and ensure her son and neighbours are honouring her wishes.
In God’s Hands
Jassie, an elderly Sikh woman, realises that Anmol bhenji is making a memorial archive folder of her life and feels like royalty that she is to be commemorated at all.
The Prince of Darkness – A Pug of love
Oberon, the pug who has outlived his pug years recounts his wonderful ‘unexamined life’ with his bestie Lisa, his owner.
With special thanks to The University of Roehampton for their kind support in the production of this performance.
£20 full price
£10 under 26s (subject to availability)
Final Farewell is an audio walk experience beginning and ending at Tara Theatre. We recommend accessing the soundscape and map on a smartphone or tablet. If you are unable to use your own device we have a limited number of listening devices and physical maps available to be reserved when booking. All listening devices will undergo enhanced cleaning and disinfection after every use. To reserve your mp3 set please select ‘standard with mp3 player’ when booking.
The outdoor experience is approximately 90 minutes long and includes a number of stops where you will be able to sit down and listen to the audio without walking. A final event will take place at the end of the walk back at Tara Theatre. This event will be open until 10pm for evening performances and until 5pm for matinee performances.
This experience is a self-led walk using a map and audio. We therefore ask you to be aware of your surroundings at all times. The route involves crossing roads and includes footpaths that are shared with cyclists and other pedestrians. The route is suitable for wheelchairs, mobility aids and pushchairs. If you require further details of the route in advance, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
We understand this has been a difficult time financially for many of us. If you would like to attend an event but are unable to cover the full cost of a ticket at this time, please get in touch with us at email@example.com
Final Farewell may contain triggering and/or sensitive material for some of our audience members. Themes of loss, grief and miscarriage are explored in this performance. If there are certain themes that you would find particularly distressing, please don’t hesitate to contact us to find out more before you book.
Please be aware that all audience members will be responsible for their own safety when participating in the Final Farewell experience.