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Posted by portugalpress on May 15, 2018

Despite the subject matter, “Whose life is it anyway?” is not a depressing play but one that challenges our beliefs in an uplifting and reflective way. This will be The Algarveans Experimental Theatre Group’s autumn production to be staged at Lagoa Auditorium.
The play, by Brian Clark, is about a woman in hospital who fights for the right to choose to die.

The hospital’s view is that euthanasia is illegal, and doctors must try to preserve life and cannot destroy it. Claire Harrison is a quadriplegic after a car accident, four months prior to the opening scene of the play. The doctors managed to stabilise her, but Claire is unable to move any part of her body other than her head and she cannot survive independently from the hospital.

Before the accident, she was a sculptor and she now wonders if she will ever be able to return to the life she once led. When she realises she will never be able to do so, she decides she does not want “to go on living with so much effort for such little result”. The hospital staff, however, maintain that it is their job “to save life, not to lose it”.

These opposing views are argued throughout the play in a witty and thought-provoking way and help to widen our knowledge of, together with opinions on, euthanasia and free will.

Join The Algarveans at the Lagoa Firestation (Bombeiros Voluntários) on Wednesday, May 23 at 7.30pm to read through the play and enjoy cheese and wine whilst doing so.

To reserve your space, call the director, Chris Winstanley, on 919 198 840 or email him at winnies@btopenworld.com

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