Up to this very moment I’ve been nothing more than a national insurance number, a statistic – the sum of boxes ticked on a social security form. Simeon Duff is unemployed, broke and desperate. His wife works. He’s lost all self-esteem. He’s on the scrap heap and wants to end it all . . . And so begins this brilliantly insane comedy about a man on the edge.
When word gets out that Duff is going to top himself, a host of ne’er-do-wells crawl out of the woodwork, each wanting to claim his grand gesture for their ‘noble cause’. Let’s face it, why waste a death? But which cause shall it be – love, politics, religion, or the rising price of fish? The Grand Gesture, freely adapted by Deborah McAndrew from The Suicide by Nikolai Erdman, was originally produced by Northern Broadsides in partnership with Harrogate Theatre. The first performance was on 6th September 2013 at Harrogate Theatre.
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