The Art of Dying
A funny and heart-breaking new play about death, dying and the deceased. A mix of fact and fiction.
Nick Payne first performed The Art of Dying, as part of The Big Idea Death in Open Court – a six week festival of plays, ideas and events chosen by a group of over 140 writers in Vicky Featherstone’s first summer at the Royal Court Theatre. His plays at the Royal Court include Constellations, for which he won the Evening Standard Award for Best New Play, and Wanderlust.
His other credits include Incognito at HighTide Festival, Blurred Lines at the Shed at the National Theatre, The Same Deep Water As Me at the Donmar Warehouse, If There Is I Haven’t Found it Yet at the Bush Theatre. He was the winner of the George Devine Award in 2009 and also a member of the Royal Court’s Young Writers Programme.
Michael Longhurst directs. He is a recipient of the Jerwood Directors Award (2007) at the Young Vic and a Fringe First in 2005. Mike directed Nick Payne’s play If There Is I Haven’t Found It Yet for the Roundabout Theatre Company in New York in Autumn 2012 starring Jake Gyllenhaal. Previously Mike directed the world premiere of Stovepipe by Adam Brace. This Hightide production, in collaboration with the National Theatre and the Bush Theatre, was featured in The Sunday Times as one of the top ten ‘Theatre Events of the Decade’. Other credits include Remembrance Day at the Royal Court, On The Beach as part of The Contingency Plan at the Bush Theatre, On The Record at the Arcola, dirty butterfly (winner of the Jerwood Directors Award at the Young Vic), 1 In 5 as part of Daring Pairings at Hampstead Theatre and Fringe First Award winner Guardians at the Edinburgh Festival.
Running Time: approx 45 minutes
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