An Everyday Family Practice

Event Date: March 27, 2021

An Everyday Family Practice is a short play written by Patrick Morris, Co-Artistic Director of Menagerie Theatre Company and premiered at the Cambridge Festival 2021. This touching, darkly humorous and at times challenging drama explores the impact on a family of a diagnosis of terminal illness.

A Good Death? and Menagerie Theatre present: An Everyday Family Practice – YouTube

Inspired by literary, historical and sociological research into the experiences of those closely affected by death, dying and bereavement, An Everyday Family Practice follows a young man’s attempts to create what he believes will be a true memorial of himself and of his relationships, even as they alter and are transformed by the extreme situation in which he and his family find themselves. It represents family relationships as they often are, in their ordinariness, rather than idealising them.

The 20 minute performance is followed by a short ‘in conversation’ interview between Laura and Patrick, in which they will talk about the ideas and impetus behind their collaboration and discuss the research which inspired this new drama. You can join the conversation on twitter using the hashtag #EverydayDeath.

Booking advised:

An Everyday Family Practice is part of a series of short dramatic pieces and an ongoing work-in-progress, in which research and theatre are in dialogue. Read more about the collaboration here.

Written by Patrick Morris
Richard Bobb-Semple, playing Marcus
Ruth Lass, playing Miriam
Alex Stedman, playing Emil

If you would like an accessible copy of the play text, please email