The Not So Fatal Death of Grandpa Fredo

Vox Motus has wowed the audiences at macrobert before but you must get set for this all mighty show which is based on this bizarre yet true story….

Trygve Bauge – an eccentric Norwegian immigrant living in the USA – who created his own cryonic institute using dry ice and a garden shed when he could not afford to have his dead grandfather cryogenically frozen. In a series of bizarre events – some perversely hilarious and others tragically poignant – Trygve and his family were forced to launch a campaign to prevent the local community from defrosting Grandpa. News reel below;

The Not-So-Fatal Death of Grandpa Fredo is a production where science, humanity and humour meet. Is there home for faith in the dry, factual world of science; can science itself be the deity in which we place our faith?  While it is easy to dismiss the Immortality movement as extreme and outrageous we aim for the audience to leave the theatre questioning their own response to ‘conquering the blight of involuntary death’ (the stated mission of the Immortality Institute) and the parallels this draws with world faiths.

The Not-So-Fatal Death of Grandpa Fredo questions what is sacred in today’s media-saturated, Big-Brother-embracing, science-as-religion society. As well as delving into the dark, macabre and comically perverse it is also a quest for emotional truths, a sense of wonder and, ultimately, hope.

The script draws on the time-honoured quest for eternal youth and combines pitch-dark comedy with pathos and philosophical debate. It is a play about life and death; about coping with losing a loved one in a society where science is the new religion and death means oblivion.

Inspiration for the work includes:

  • The incredible true story of Tryge Bauge
  • The Cohen Brothers films, particularly O Brother Where Art Thou?
  • The TV series Twin Peaks.
  • The TV series South Park.

The inspirations for this production makes it interesting enough, never mind having the amazing Vox Motus behind it to make it all come together in true Vox style!

Saturday 18th September 8pm

Tickets £12 / £9 conc. / £6 under 18’s and students

Book your tickets online, call Tickets and Info on 01786 466666 or pop in and see us!

Watch the trailer to get your fix for now…


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