City’s Lemon Tree to stage actor’s bittersweet tale of assisted suicide

City’s Lemon Tree to stage actor’s bittersweet tale of assisted suicide

The critically-acclaimed drama on the contentious issue of assisted suicide, An Instinct for Kindness, is to make its Aberdeen debut in the Lemon Tree on Friday, June 1, on its first UK tour.

It is written and performed by Chris Larner, who accompanied his chronically ill ex-wife to Switzerland’s Dignitas clinic and came home with an empty wheelchair and a story to tell . . . a story which won critical acclaim and a Fringe First Award at its Edinburgh Fringe premiere last year.

The moving and bittersweet tale is told without sentimentality through his candid, poignant and sometimes comic performance, as he explores both the profound personal implications and the wider ethical issues of the subject.

A writer, actor and director, Chris played the firefighter Clingfilm in the TV series London’s Burning but his stage work includes Alice in Wonderland (RSC) and Wind In The Willows (National Theatre).

He has written extensively for comedians and his Edinburgh shows include high-praised musicals The Translucent Frogs of Quuup (Guardian Best Musical Award 2004) and On the Island of Aars (nominated for five MTM Awards, 2008).

An Instinct for Kindness
is directed by Hannah Eidinow has been at the helm of four other Fringe First Award winning plays –  three of them documentary theatre pieces: Lockerbie: Unfinished Business (Edinburgh 2010, 2011 & UK tour), What I Heard About Iraq (Edinburgh 2006, UK Tour & West End 2007), and Gone (Edinburgh & West End 2004).

Recent directing credits include Mood Swing (Edinburgh and New York 2010); Memory Cells (Edinburgh 2010); The Lady from the Sea (Arcola); and A British Subject (Edinburgh, Broadway, and Arts Theatre, West End).

Tickets for An Instinct for Kindness are available online at, by phone at 01224 641122 and at Aberdeen Box Office at the Music Hall and His Majesty’s Theatre.

Posted on Tuesday 08 May

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