Ad Infinitum takes Last Rites to MimeLondon & Manipulate Festival 2024

Ad Infinitum are to present new non-verbal solo show Last Rites which delves into the transformative power of grief and ritual.

This original production is a collaborative creation by renowned Deaf theatre maker Ramesh Meyyappan and George Mann, Co-Artistic Director of Ad Infinitum.

Scheduled to take place at MimeLondon 24–27 January at Shoreditch Town Hall before heading to Manipulate Festival 2024 in Edinburgh 3 – 4 February, Last Rites is an exploration of the profound emotions surrounding love, loss, and parenthood.

This performance integrates dynamic projection and a resonant soundtrack with physical storytelling. It follows a man who has twenty-four hours to perform his father’s funeral rites, reflecting on Meyyappan and Mann’s personal experiences of losing their fathers and their journeys as parents.

Co-creators Ramesh Meyyappan and George Mann said: “Over 13 years ago we met at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe after seeing each other’s performances, and knew we wanted to collaborate and work together one day. It’s taken a while!

“But in 2020 during the pandemic, we finally found time and space to begin thinking about what a collaboration might look like – what kind of new piece we could make, and found a lot of synergy in our practices, personal histories, and in what inspires us as artists. It’s brilliant to finally be working together integrating our different skill sets and lived experiences to create a new and exciting story and production.”

Following the performance at Shoreditch Town Hall on Friday 26th January, Ramesh Meyyappan will engage in a post-show discussion with Deaf artist and theatre maker David Ellington, who is documenting the creative process of Last Rites through a short film.

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About the author: Josh Darvill

Josh is Stageberry's editor with over five years of experience writing about theatre in the West End and across the UK. Prior to following his passion for musicals, he worked for more than a decade as a TV journalist.


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