Leave to Remain @ St John's Church

Coming to terms with bereavement

Review by Stephanie Green | 16 Aug 2012
  • Leave to Remain

Away from the razzmatazz of the festival, I slipped into the chapel of St John's to experience Leave to Remain, where former Traverse playwright in residence, Jo Clifford and actor Suzanne Dance enacted a moving performance/ritual/sharing.

It's hard to describe since, as they said themselves, they developed this more Zen-like, spiritual event, not tied to any formal religion, as a way of coming to terms with their own bereavements. Of course, death touches us all, not just the old and there were young people in the audience too. Bereavement is not a subject we are encouraged to talk about in our society, but they created a space, including silence, where the audience could join in, if only in our hearts.

It was a warm, intimate experience and with Harriet Davidson on the cello playing Bloch, Bach and even some jolly traditional Scottish music, we moved from sorrow to joy – death teaching us how to live.

Chapel at St John's Church, Venue 127, Princes St, EH2 4BJ 13 and 14 Aug 4pm-5.30pm 20 Aug 2pm-3.30pm Tickets £12 (£10) Hub Tickets, The Hub, Castlehill Tel: 0131 473 2000 www.hubtickets.co.uk or at the venue door. http://www.festivalofspirituality.org.uk