See a powerful new drama about funeral poverty – and get two tickets for the price of one

The drama company ice&fire are putting on a new production in London called The Nine O’Clock Slot. It is inspired by the rise in the number of modern-day ‘paupers’ funerals’ in Britain and much of it chimes with our current campaign about funeral poverty.They are offering our supporters two tickets for the price of one.

A lot of the research for the piece was done in collaboration with our allies at Quaker Social Action. ice&fire always base their work on the voices and testimonies of real people. You can read more about the play in this Guardian article.

Here are the details of the play and the offer:

ice&fire present


26 March – 19 April @ 7:30pm (2:30pm Sat matinees)
Red Gallery, 1-3 Rivington Street, EC2A 3DT

TICKET OFFER: ice&fire are offering a 2 for 1 deal for Church Action on Poverty supporters. Please email with the date of your preferred show and simply pay on the door (cash only).
Two tickets will cost £15 (£12 concession)

“This slot’s the early slot, the no budget, no frills slot. Low grade and high shame, the slot that no one wants.”

Nine o’clock is the time of day that councils bury the poor, the isolated, and the forgotten. These are the funerals that no one attends. ice&fire confront the disturbing rise in the number of ‘paupers’ funerals’ in modern-day Britain, in this experimental new play that retraces the stories of four individuals buried in the same communal grave. Performed in the industrial underground spaces of the Red Gallery in Shoreditch, the play will take you on a downward journey from the world of the living to the off-limits world of the dead and dying. Fusing film, choreography, and spoken-word poetry with skilled physical comedy and even some song-and-dance numbers, this is a 360-degree immersive theatre experience.

ice&fire theatre have an unequaled track record in bringing human rights issues to the wider public. The Nine O’Clock Slot is their latest timely and absorbing piece. Death is the final adventure and the last taboo; we try to keep away, but can’t help ourselves looking. Be part of a select group of people who will witness what happens in The Nine O’Clock Slot.

‘…eerily beautiful … Gary Cargill as dying alcoholic Connor and Thusitha Jayasundera as his nurse Kay are superb.’ – THE STAGE

‘… bravely unflinching about death … well-researched, always heartfelt and often eye-catching’ THE GUARDIAN

‘…an engaging piece of theatre, packed full of clever scenarios and pithy dialogue. The cast make good use of a sharp script … a cleverly executed, poignant production.’TIME OUT

For map and directions, click here

For more information on the show

A pop-up bar will be in operation from an hour before the show and will operate until midnight each evening.

Written by Hannah Davies and Annecy Lax (Royal Court, Soho Theatre, Manchester Royal Exchange)
Directed by Lisa Spirling (Hampstead Theatre, Soho Theatre, The Rose Kingston)
Designed by Polly Sullivan (The Tricycle, Soho Theatre, Hampstead Theatre)

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