Colder Than Here by Laura Wade
Sample endorsements from:

- A teacher
- An MA recipient from the Open University Death Studies
- Students at an independent hospice
For most of my working life I taught in a school for children with physical and mental disabilities. Several of them died very young, I had also lost my father, grandparents and sister-in-law and I thought I could cope with death. So when I went to see Colder than Here it was really to support the actors rather than for my benefit. How wrong I was! - it really had an impact on me.

A very close friend was suffering from Hodgkin's Disease and the play really made me think as to what must be going through his mind and through the minds of his close family. It made me re-examine the way I approach people in terminal sickness and realise that honesty is of more help than flannel.

I feel strongly that this message needs to be passed on especially to young adults. The incidence of terminal cancer seems to grow each year and at some point everyone is going to be affected by it. This play makes the case that illness may debilitate the body but the mind, spirit and personality of the individual are still intact and deserve to be treated with respect and dignity as a person rather than the 'does he take sugar' attitude.

I should be very pleased to see this performance and the post-play discussion, taken into schools and 6th form colleges to help the young... to see what death can involve and be given the chance to question those taking part about their reactions to the characters and situation.
MA Student:
The play stands on its own as a great piece of theatre that brings together family relationships in a way that many will relate to. I don't think it matters too much that the family is white and middle-class, as the themes and interpersonal relationships transcend identity. I've seen the play twice now - once in Bath with a post-discussion, and once in London with a pre-reading. I got a lot out of the pre-reading - most especially the director's passion came across really well and brought issues and relationships even more to life. I most especially enjoyed the sisters - and they reminded me of two dear friends! The characters are well rounded, and the injection of humour is welcome and well done. The ideal, I think, would be to experience the pre-reading (complete with director's passion), the play and the post-discussion/questions.
Students at an independent hospice:
To watch the play was so powerful and an amazing way to get across the impact before someone dies, and how much grieving affects families.

Very good performance, so very close to how things are when a patient wants to remain at home. Well done to all concerned.

Fabulous play, very moving. Certainly made me think about how different people behave and react at such a difficult time.

The visual impact of the play was a very powerful learning tool.

This play has such great effect. I think it really makes you realise that watching your loved ones in this situation is so hard and coping with everyday life at the same time. There is no right or wrong way to do this.

The theatre company production was very good, and highlighted many of the challenges of bereavement support.

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