“First of all, do any of you here think it’s a crime to help a suffering human end his agony? Any of you think it is? Say so right now!”
So opens Kevorkian’s speech in this challenging play based on Dr Jack Kevorkian’s interactions in his passionate campaign for assisted suicide. Showing at Edinburgh’s Festival Fringe until Saturday, this critically acclaimed production is guaranteed to challenge preconceptions about life’s final rite of passage. What’s more, readers of this Exit Blog can claim two tickets for the price of one by being members of Exit.
Continues Kevorkian: “I don’t persuade to suicide. As a medical doctor, it is my duty to evaluate the situation with as much data as I can gather and as much expertise as I have and as much experience as I have to determine whether or not the wish of the patient is medically justified. . . . When you say a person should be allowed to die, inject them quickly and painlessly, not let them wither away and starve to death. That is inconceivable. It’s unspeakable. Am I a criminal? The world knows I’m not a criminal. Then what are they trying to put me in jail for?”
Kevorkian went to jail after dismissing his legal counsel. Was it a wrong decision? Come along and see Good Death and let us know! To claim your 2-for-1 offer, please identify yourself as a member of Exit when purchasing your tickets at the box office. (Normal booking price: £5.)
Good Death is produced by the Western Michigan University Department of Theatre and is showing at 63 Jeffrey Street (Venue 45, near Waverley Station). The show is rated suitable for persons over 12 years of age and starts at 9.40pm tonight and tomorrow.