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The Death & Life of All of Us

Date: 12th October

Time: 7.30pm

Price: £12 / £10 conc


Following a sell-out premiere at Soho Theatre and an award-winning run at Summerhall in Edinburgh Fringe 2023, celebrated migrant theatre maker Victor Esses returns to PAPAYA Fest 2024 with his unique and bold storytelling.


At 19, Victor found his long-lost great-aunt Marcelle in Rome. She’d moved from Judaism to Christianity, Lebanon to Italy, changed her name and kept a life-long secret. Inspired by her strength and her rebellion, Victor started making a documentary about her life. 20 years later, this is his attempt at finishing it…


Mixing real life home videos, endearing storytelling and original live-music, The Death & Life of All of Us is a funny and poignant exploration of belonging, resilience and an unexpected connection to the past that refuses to let go.


★★★★ Reviews Hub 

★★★★ The Arts Desk

★★★★ The Student

"On stage, Victor Esses exudes an easy, open warmth. On screen, his long-lost great aunt Marcelle oozes sly wit and elegance."

- The Guardian


"A funny, thought-provoking exploration of identity and place – both personal as well as geographical... a tremendous piece of performance art." - Your Harlow


“The sound is stunning. Throughout the performance, Enrico Aurigemma plays guitar with a loop pedal, his swooning score sometimes tender, sometimes dark.” - The Guardian

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