In May 2013 Vid Warren, 23, was diagnosed with brain cancer. We were told his chances were about as slim as a peanut on a railway track, and so began the 20 month countdown to his death. As we bounced between denial, hope and acceptance we used "tumour humour" to diffuse the pain and get closer to the truth - to live from the heart and laugh in the face of death allowed us to stay present and enjoy whatever life he had left to live.
Dying to Please You is a mortally funny piece of devised theatre exploring the comedy behind death, dying and grief. Through music, dance and physical theatre the Modest Geniuses interpret the complicated world of cancer, death and dying as gentle and
ridiculous. This project is an exploration of the question: can we laugh in the face of death?