DaPoPo Theatre Presents “A Good Death”

A Sweet Release...

Posted: November 6, 2014
DaPoPo Theatre presents A Good Death, a play by Kim Parkhill
at Neptune's Scotiabank Studio Theatre in Halifax,
January 14 - 18, 2015
Tickets on sale now!

kim parkhill(Halifax, NS) – DaPoPo Theatre presents the premiere production of A Good Death by Halifax-based actor-playwright, Kim Parkhill at Neptune's Scotiabank Studio Theatre in Halifax, January 14 - 18, 2015 as part of Neptune Theatre’s Open Spaces series. A Good Death follows one woman, and the four women closest to her, as she attempts to make her dying “something good.” Using humour, poetry and drama, Parkhill examines the controversial topic of assisted dying, looking beyond illness and legalities to the emotional, social, ethical and practical challenges of defying expectations. How simple is the choice when those who care for you have passionately different ideas?

Originally from New Brunswick, Parkhill spent years studying, traveling and working as an acute-care nurse and health program manager before reclaiming her childhood passion for theatre. Over the decade since, she has trained and worked in Canada, Europe and the US, performed in numerous theatre and film productions, and has made stories come to life with a diverse range of emerging and established artists.

kim parkhill 1Parkhill is the author of Warp & Weft (co-created with Lizon Richard) and Phaedra’s Bed, both of which premiered at the Atlantic Fringe Festival. She was a contributing writer / creator of The Skit Hits the Fan (The SkitWits),13 Ways of Looking at a Madman, Apocalypse, The Halifax Hearings, Making It, The Poor House, Café DaPoPo (DaPoPo Theatre), Which Way You Goin’ (Neptune Theatre School PPTP), and Paperdolls & Razorblades (SITI Summer Company). Her monologue, “Maggie's Musings” was published by Random House in Rattling the Stage (2012).

A Good Death was inspired by Parkhill’s experiences caring for debilitated and dying patients in the early nineties and motivated by a desire to 'raise the volume' on conversations about assisted dying at the end of life.

For more information on Kim Parkhill, follow her on Facebook here.


2013_Garry-WilliamsDirecting "A Good Death" is Garry Williams, founder and Artistic Director of DaPoPo Theatre. His innovative directing credits include the immersive performance events: The Drinking Game and Café DaPoPo, seen nationally and internationally; Phaedra’s Bed (winner of Atlantic Fringe Festival Award for Best Direction 2013); Apocalypse, 13 Ways of Looking at a Madman, R.U.R., Four Actors in Search of a Nation (DaPoPo); Die Fledermaus, Hansel & Gretel, (Acadia Singing Theatre); Alcina, and The Marriage of Figaro (HSOW). Music directing credits include, Mother Courage and Her Children, The Veil (Halifax); The Tempest, Bartholomew Fair, King Lear, and Family Album (Berlin). He has attended training programs and workshops in New York, London, Straford-upon-Avon, Berlin and Barcelona.

A Good Death features a stellar Halifax-based cast:


Samantha-Wilson-Theatre-200x200Samantha Wilson holds an MFA from York University and has taught at both Dalhousie and York University. Wilson has worked as an actor and director across Canada and has performed in New York and the UK. She received a Best Actor Award at the Atlantic Fringe for In the Valley. Recent credits include: When It Rains (2b Theatre, Scotland, NYC, Toronto, Vancouver, Halifax), Cradle and All (EFT) David for Queen (HTYP), horizontal collaboration (UK), National Elevator Project (theatre yes).

Francine Deschepper has performed for theatre audiences throughout Canada and the Atlantic Provinces, including at Two Planks and a Passion, Neptune, Festival Antigonish, and the Stephenville Festival as well as for companies internationally. She won a Robert Merritt Award for her portrayal of Sybil in 2b Theatre's When It Rains (Scotland, NYC, Toronto, Vancouver, Halifax) and was nominated for her work as Margaret in Glace Bay Miners' Museum (NAC Ottawa, Neptune) and Penelope in The Odyssey (Two Planks and a Passion).

Deborah Allen has been working in theatre, film and television for over forty years in a range of character parts from farce to the classics, including Dotty in the stage adaptation of Thom Fitzgerald's Cloudburst, Mrs. Fezziwig, in Neptune's Scrooge, and Lucilla in Anne of Green Gables at the Charlottetown Festival. She is well known for her role of sleuth, Bonnie Marsden in the highly acclaimed CBC radio series, Clean Sweep and has won the ACTRA Maritimes Best Actress award for her role in "Bag of Bones" opposite Pierce Brosnan.

genevieve-steele-cool-people-profileGeneviève Steele has toured internationally as well as having performed ten seasons with Festival Antigonish Summer Theatre. She has also performed at Neptune, Ship's Co, Mulgrave Rd, Two Planks and a Passion, One Light and Shakespeare by the Sea; and further afield at Canadian Stage (Toronto), the Vancouver Playhouse, Theatre Calgary, The Citadel, and Theatre and Co. (Kitchener).
Shelley Thompson, a regular at Festival Antigonish Summer Theatre for nearly 10 years, trained in the UK and has worked across Canada (The Globe, Regina; Prairie shelly thompsonTheatre Exchange; Shaw Festival; Neptune) and England, including lead roles in West End Productions (Me and My Girl, Ricks Bar, Casablanca) and the Royal National Theatre (After the Fall). She has also worked in film and television on cult hits such as "Labyrinth" and "Trailer Park                                                                               Boys," as regular, Barb Lahey.

The production team includes stage manager, Alison Muir; lighting and set co-designers, Evan Brown and Jocelyn Pringle; costume designer, Lori Lewis; and sound designer, Ed Renzi.

Tickets for A Good Death are $25 and $20 for artsworkers, seniors and students (including tax) and are on sale now. Tickets are available at the Neptune Theatre Box Office (1593 Argyle Street) by phone at 902-429-7070 and online at neptunetheatre.com

Evening performances begin at 7:30 p.m. and run January 14-17. There will be matinees on January 17 and 18, beginning at 2 p.m.

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Following Saturday afternoon’s performance there will be a discussion, “Conversations on Dying a Good Death,” coordinated by Wendy Stewart, Director of Medical Humanities, Dalhousie Faculty of Medicine and Sheilia Sperry, Chapter Coordinator of Dying With Dignity Nova Scotia.

The production of A Good Death is made possible, in part, by support from Arts Nova Scotia and Neptune Theatre’s Open Spaces program as well as sponsorship from The Bus Stop Theatre, and ScotiaCare Homecare.

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About DaPoPo Theatre:

DaPoPo Theatre, a Halifax-based theatre company founded in 2004, is dedicated to creating and producing daring, political and/or poetic theatre that is challenging and innovative. Over their ten-year history, they have developed several original plays and conceptually-driven theatrical experiences, as well as presenting Musical Theatre, European classics, theatre for family audiences, the Live-In Festival and theatre education opportunities for youth. Their work has been showcased in national and international theatre festivals, created by commission and for special events. They have toured six original productions internationally, and presented many more locally. Working with emerging and established artists from all theatrical disciplines, as well as partner organizations and venues, DaPoPo explores what theatre can be.

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