5 Jul

Running away from the pain

actor on stage in I RUN

Running is once again a theme of a play at the Edinburgh Festival. The nation's favourite way to stay fit is providing the inspiration for Danish playwright Line Mørkeby's work –  I RUN. The Cut the Cord production is a fast-paced and moving one-man play about how you survive the death of your child.

I RUN explores how exercise can improve mental health and why we find it so hard to talk about death. The performer runs on a treadmill throughout the entire show.

A father loses his 6-year old daughter to cancer, and his world falls apart. He doesn’t know how to process the life-shattering void following her premature death. He starts running to deal with his loss. Only, he can’t stop. He runs through the pain, the memories and the grief to try and find the point where he no longer runs, but soars – the point where he is close to her again.

I Run raises awareness of grief and how we cope with loss and is part of the Death on the Fringe campaign run by Good Life, Good Death, Good Grief, aiming to improve the conversation about death, dying and grief.

The one-man play features Max Keeble, who spends most of the performance running on a treadmill and admits that running and talking at the same time is a challenge. He acknowledges that the part has given him a deeper appreciation of why people run.

Max said: "The play will resonate with anyone who’s had any contact with cancer, which unfortunately is probably all of us. Hopefully, I Run gives people the chance to empathise with someone who’s going through the grieving process, right there in front of them. We don’t talk about death, until we’re suddenly confronted with it. I hope the play gets people thinking, 'What would I do if that were me?'."

To find out more or to book go to venue website.