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When it comes to death, we are bad consumers. We don’t plan ahead, we don’t talk about it, we don’t question, we don’t shop around which makes us potentially very vulnerable. This award winning audio documentary deals with our universal attitudes to death and dying. Visit wirelesstheatrecompany.co.uk for award winning audio drama.

Life at Death's Door Wireless Theatre Company

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When it comes to death, we are bad consumers. We don’t plan ahead, we don’t talk about it, we don’t question, we don’t shop around which makes us potentially very vulnerable. This award winning audio documentary deals with our universal attitudes to death and dying. Visit wirelesstheatrecompany.co.uk for award winning audio drama.

    Life at Death’s Door 2B

    Life at Death’s Door 2B

    In this episode, we look at some of the incredible ways we can commemorate our dead and find out how we can conduct our own unique funeral celebrations, to better reflect the lives our loved ones have lived. Narrated by Jo Brand.



    What drives us to wear black, have a wooden coffin and to give our loved ones what we consider to be a “dignified” funeral at staggering expense? Before Queen Victoria, we used to bury our own – now it is almost the exclusive domain of the funeral industry and with an average funeral costing £3,500, perhaps it’s time we looked for alternatives?



    Life At Death’s Door, episode 2, by Ann Theato and Steve Spence.



    Narrated by Jo Brand, Directed by Jack Bowman



    Starring: David Beck, Grace Bishop, Jonathan Broke, Chike Chan, James Duckworth, Simon Fielder, Marie Fortune, Shazia Nicholls, Ekow Quartey, Joccoaa Théato and Joseph Théato and Brian Blessed.



    Editing and sound design by Malcolm Thorp



    Engineered by Carlos Zicarelli at Unity Studios, London.



    Original music by Polly Haynes



    With many thanks to University of the Arts, London



    ”Narrated with dry wit by Jo Brand, ‘Life at Death’s Door’ is an entertaining piece, ingeniously combin(ing) interviews with dramatized extracts, (which) contribut(e) greatly to our understanding of death across cultures”Laurence Raw, Radio Drama Reviews

    • 35 min
    Life at Death’s Door 2A

    Life at Death’s Door 2A

    In this episode, we look at some of the incredible ways we can commemorate our dead and find out how we can conduct our own unique funeral celebrations, to better reflect the lives our loved ones have lived. Narrated by Jo Brand.



    What drives us to wear black, have a wooden coffin and to give our loved ones what we consider to be a “dignified” funeral at staggering expense? Before Queen Victoria, we used to bury our own – now it is almost the exclusive domain of the funeral industry and with an average funeral costing £3,500, perhaps it’s time we looked for alternatives?



    Life At Death’s Door, episode 2, by Ann Theato and Steve Spence.



    Narrated by Jo Brand, Directed by Jack Bowman



    Starring: David Beck, Grace Bishop, Jonathan Broke, Chike Chan, James Duckworth, Simon Fielder, Marie Fortune, Shazia Nicholls, Ekow Quartey, Joccoaa Théato and Joseph Théato and Brian Blessed.



    Editing and sound design by Malcolm Thorp



    Engineered by Carlos Zicarelli at Unity Studios, London.



    Original music by Polly Haynes



    With many thanks to University of the Arts, London

    • 35 min
    Life At Death's Door 1B

    Life At Death's Door 1B

    When it comes to death, we are bad consumers. Because we don’t plan ahead, because we don’t talk about it, we are in a state of shock and exhaustion. We don’t question, we don’t shop around and it makes us very vulnerable potentially. This award winning audio documentary deals with our universal attitudes to death and dying.



    The first episode, in two parts, is narrated by the magnificent Brian Blessed. The following episode, also in two parts, is narrated by the fabulous Jo Brand.



    ♦WINNER – BEST LONG FORM DOCUMENTARY, BPR AWARDS♦







    Starring: Adam Hall, Jessica Dennis, Kevin Haney, Jenny Runacre, Stephen Hill, Tom Slatter, Greg Page, Ann Theato and narrated by Brian Blessed



    Written By: Ann Theato and Steve Spence



    Edited By: Malcolm Thorp



    Directed By: Jack Bowman



    Music By: Polly Haynes

    • 34 min
    Life At Death's Door 1A

    Life At Death's Door 1A

    When it comes to death, we are bad consumers. Because we don’t plan ahead, because we don’t talk about it, we are in a state of shock and exhaustion. We don’t question, we don’t shop around and it makes us very vulnerable potentially. This award winning audio documentary deals with our universal attitudes to death and dying.



    The first episode, in two parts, is narrated by the magnificent Brian Blessed. The following episode, also in two parts, is narrated by the fabulous Jo Brand.



    ♦WINNER – BEST LONG FORM DOCUMENTARY, BPR AWARDS♦







    Starring: Adam Hall, Jessica Dennis, Kevin Haney, Jenny Runacre, Stephen Hill, Tom Slatter, Greg Page, Ann Theato and narrated by Brian Blessed



    Written By: Ann Theato and Steve Spence



    Edited By: Malcolm Thorp



    Directed By: Jack Bowman



    Music By: Polly Haynes

    • 43 min

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