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Acting up over death

CONVERSATIONS about death and the end of life are not ordinary subject matter for a play but on Wednesday they were part of an enlightening show at the Foster War Memorial Arts Centre.
Performed by roving theatre troupe Born In A Taxi, Unspoken – what will become of me? sometimes comically, sometimes sadly, followed the themes of ageing, declining capacity and diminished autonomy that can follow the journey to the end of life.
Presented by the Foster community and South Gippsland Shire Council, the event was a success, according to council’s community strengthening support officer Sophie Dixon.
She said about 70 people attended the event which was an excellent turnout for the small community in Foster.
“We received some very positive feedback and the audience found it really relatable,” she said.
“The performers were so funny, authentic and they were very approachable.”
Two performers from Born In A Taxi presented scenarios about approaching the end of life and the options that can come about when issues are discussed or not discussed.
Ms Dixon said death was hard to talk about for most people because it’s a deeply personal thing which can be sad.
“People don’t want to talk about things that are sad or personal,” she said.
“What Unspoken was about and what we are trying to share with the community is that talking about the end of life isn’t that bad.
“If you have these conversations with loved ones it can take a bit of that fear away. This is about treating the end of life like it is another journey while you are living.”

Death talk: centre, audience member Robert Paragreen of Foster and from left, Unspoken performers Fiona Rooke and Penny Baron performed in Foster on Wednesday.

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