Oundle’s Stahl Theatre will next week become the backdrop for a production about what death does to us and the weird and sometimes wonderful ways we try to hold on to the people we’ve lost.
How To Be Immortal, which is being staged by Penny Dreadful, tells the story of Henrietta Lacks. Although she died in West Virginia in 1951, her cells are still alive, dividing endlessly in laboratories all over the world. It has taken Deborah years to come to terms with her mother’s death. Now she’s got to deal with her immortality.
Meanwhile, Rosa has fallen in love with Mick the decorator. She plays cello, he plays squeezebox, an unlikely combination but they sound good together. The trouble is that she is pregnant and he is about to die.
Written by Mira Devreni and directed by Kirsty Housley, How To Be Immortal has been developed with The Lowry and West Yorkshire Playhouse, in association with Harrogate, The Albany and Jackson’s Lane.
How To Be Immortal will be performed on Tuesday, February 25, at 7.45pm. Tickets cost £9.50. To book, see www.stahltheatre.co.uk or ring the box office on 01832 273930.
The Stahl Theatre is in West Street.