The Death & Life of All of Us

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Victor Esses explores family secrets, shame, and embracing our imperfections.

Can we live authentically without hurting ourselves - or someone else?

At 19, Victor found his long-lost great-aunt Marcelle in Rome. She'd moved from Judaism to Christianity, Lebanon to Italy, changed her name and kept a life-long secret. He started making a documentary about her life. 20 years later, he still hasn’t completed it… The Death & Life of All of Us comes to Alphabetti Theatre after a sell-out premiere at Soho Theatre, London and a full run at Summerhall during Edinburgh Fringe 2023.

Victor Esses is a Jewish-Lebanese Latinx queer performance artist, whose practice centres biographical stories of belonging, resilience, and intimacy.

‘A beautiful story spanning continents and generations’ ★★★★★ A Younger Theatre “tremendous piece of performance” Your Harlow

“Visually rich… a celebration of experimentation on and off stage” The Scotsman

“There is a delightful softness to Esses, both in his performance style and writing… there is real tenderness here and emotional connection” The Stage “Something that will stay with you… and you will open your heart.” British Theatre ★★★★ ★★★★ Arts Desk, The Student, Reviews Hub Written and performed by Victor Esses Music written and performed by Enrico Aurigemma Directed by Yorgos Petrou Dramaturgy by Lou Cope Movement by Jenni Jackson Lights by Amy Daniels


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