NIGHT MOTHER Plays Geenwich Playhouse May 25-June 20

For the first time a mother and daughter play Mother and Daughter in the London revival of NIGHT MOTHER, by Marsha Norman May 25 - June 20 at Greenwich Playhouse Greenwich Station Forecourt, 189 Greenwich High Road, London, SE10 8JA. Showtimes are Tuesday through Saturday at 8pm and Sunday at 4pm.  Tickets are £12; £10 (concs) and are available by phone 0208 858 9256 and online  For more information visist

Can suicide ever be a rational choice? In January of this year Sir Terry Pratchett (recently
diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease) spoke eloquently on this subject. His BBC Dimbleby
Lecture "Shaking Hands with Death" set out his rationale for choosing to die at a time and in
a place of his own volition. "My life, my death, my choice".

Marsha Norman's Pulitzer Prize winning play confronts this, the issue of ultimate self determination. From the beginning we are told of Jessie's intention to kill herself and so begin her mother's desperate attempts to stop her. But to what extent should we respect the desire of a fellow human being to end his or her life earlier than is necessary? What happens when we confront someone who does decide they want to step off the edge of life? In the case of someone who kills themselves on the basis of calm judgement, our reaction is likely to be one of cold terror. What they force us to consider is the fact that life is not just a fact of life, that we can weigh its value and determine that it has all been spent. (Baggini 2010)

Julian Baggini's topical philosophical debate plays out in all its confusion, love and agony
through Jessie and Thelma's struggle. A mother's instinctual fight to preserve her daughter's
life set against Jessie's matter-of-fact determination to end it.

Greenwich Station Forecourt, 189 Greenwich High Road, London, SE10 8JA
Dates: 25th May - 20th June 2010
Press Night: Thursday, 27th May 2010 @ 8pm
Tues-Sat @ 8pm; Sun @4pm
Tickets: £12; £10 (concs)
Box Office: 0208 858 9256

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