Written by Jack Rooke and his Nan
Performed by Jack Rooke
Jack knows more about death and dying, grief and grieving than most people want to. He has lived through the loss of his beloved dad when he was 15 and his delightful Gran who helped him develop this show has recently passed away.
This show is a walk through his experience. With a soft humorous voice and a wicked glint in his eyes those much loved family members are present in the room with us as certainly as they flow through his memories and his DNA.
Jack uses storytelling, family film footage and carbs to introduce the audience to death and bereavement. He uses humour to describe the journey through shock and disbelief via slices of Soreen and custard creams and a multitude of lasagnes filled with Bechamel sauce and awkward pity.
He describes the benefits of a get out of class free card which allowed him to have a weep or a wank but most importantly gave him a badge of honour and acknowledgement of his loss.
This is a lovely piece full of charm and wimsy that feels very natural. There is banter with the audience but is never feels slick or polished. The connection he envokes is genuine but this is not about sharing his grief or fixing it. This is an intimate window into the world of loss and acceptance is an ongoing process. Jack is touring a show that has not “fixed”or “replaced” his losses. It is a means of affirming how shitty death is for those left behind but also how sweet life is when we fill it with laughter and compassion and carbs.
At HOME until 20th May then touring.