In Polly Sullivan’s starkly uncompromising arena, designed in the round and directed by Tom Attenborough, we first witness a psychiatric session between the high-functioning Mary and her clearly intrigued doctor. They banter almost flirtatiously, dancing around diagnoses and discussions, as we edge closer to the revelation that she’s being held in a secure facility after the death of her severely disabled young daughter.
Starting life as a Edinburgh Fringe seven minute piece of theatre, this marks Liam Borrett‘s first foray into a full length show. Lasting one hour and fifty minutes it is both intense and harrowing to watch whilst being poignant and touching. If you are any age and have loved then you have lost, “This Is Living” and this play evidences the moments of grief in the time before you say your final goodbye at a funeral service.