'Coma Notes in 3 Parts' is an afternoon of linked events (book reading, theatre, art) exploring research/art collaborations about consciousness and family experiences of long term coma. The works examine the questions: What is a coma and how do we imagine unconscious or ‘minimally conscious’ states? What are the ethics of how we treat people in such conditions – especially in relation to life-prolonging medical interventions ? This event explores these questions through literature, shadow puppetry and visual art.
12 noon to 4pm visit an exhibition displaying art works co-produced between researchers, artists and families of catastrophically brain-injured relatives
1pm there is a chance to hear Cathy Rentzenbrink read from her wonderful memoir: 'The Last Act of Love'.
2.30 there will be a shadow puppet performance: 'Where Are You Now?' by Play of Light threatre - a vivid exploration of family experiences of coma and end of life dilemmas.
The event is part of the Being Human Festival, the UK's only national festoval of the humanities, taking place 17-25 November. Led by the School of Advanced Study, University of London, in partnership with the Arts and Humanities Research Council and the British Academy. For more information, please see beinghumanfestival.org
As our festival events are free, not everyone who asks for tickets come to our event. To make sure we have a full house, we allocate more tickets than there are seats. We do our best to get the numbers right, but unfortunately we occasionally have to disappoint people. Admission is on a first-come-first-served basis, so please arrive in good time for the start of the event.
Please note the shadow puppet performance is not suitable for children and includes some strobe lighting effects
Do you have friends who can't make the afternoon? Then note that Cathy Rentzenbrink and Play of Light Theatre are also presenting in Cardiff the previous evening - the 16th Nov (Tickets limited).