Describing A Nice Bed to Die In as two women facing death conjures up images of the most depressing show on earth and pretty much the last thing you’d want to do with your Saturday night. However, just like their last show Bound, No Tears Productions and its writer Derek Masterson manage to find the humour in the darkest aspects of life.
On the surface this is a story of class divide, but delving deeper the difference between the two women is the key decisions they have made throughout their life – one choosing the self loath and by default loath others around her, and another choosing to fight for her children and stay ever-the-optimist even during her darkest times.
Finding the delicate balance between teary, heart-breaking scenes as each women says goodbye to their families and the giggly antics as they work out their personality clashes; the play is a thoughtful and entertaining piece of work with great performances from both Phyllis Carthy and Breid Morris. Alison Fitzpatrick returns to No Tears after her stint in Bound and brings enormous energy and vibrancy to the stage – brightening up even the darker parts of the story.
Whilst going a little bit heavy on class stereotypes, the play teaches us the important lesson of the difference between having everything emotionally and having everything materialistically. The final realisation is that no matter what you do in this life, you’ll be on the same level as everyone else when it comes to the end.
Final Line: Go for the giggles but bring some tissues for the teary bits.
Booking: A Nice Bed to Die In has finished its run in the Civic Tallaght but will play in the New Theatre this August, 5-17 at 7.30pm nightly.