dpm is a Birmingham-based freelancer with experience of arts and lifestyle features.
Dining with the Grim Reaper
Audiences in Birmingham are being invited to a dining experience with a difference in an Edwardian baths complex turned community hub. Death over Dinner includes a three-course feast as well as a series of talks and performances all inspired by tales from beyond the grave.
Stirchley Baths will be transformed into a world of gothic intrigue and diners will be introduced to stories, characters and scenarios brought to life by speakers and artists. Included in the line-up is artist Joanne Tremarco, whose show The Birth of Death was launched last year. Also speaking is Hilary Grainger of The Victorian Society, who will share some surprising anecdotes about traditions at the end of the 19th century.
Organisers BrumYODO are keeping a few more tricks up their sleeve but all of the entertainment is aiming to encourage people to come together to discuss death and dying over dinner, with the food being created by Birmingham-based ChangeKitchen CIC.
Taking place on Saturday May 12 between 7.30-12.30pm, Death Over Dinner forms part of A Matter of Life and Death, a two-week arts and culture festival hosted in venues across Birmingham. Organised by community collective BrumYODO, the festival features theatre, film, dining, discussions, art, craft workshops and a walking tour to encourage open and honest conversation about death and dying.
A Matter of Life and Death also includes a community day on Friday May 11 with workshops looking at funeral planning and will writing and a family day at Library of Birmingham on Saturday May 12 with theatre for children and art activities. On Sunday May 13, the festival moves to Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery for a free tour of death-related artefacts, the chance to discover more about end of life planning with local hospices and a walking tour in the city.
BrumYODO has held events in Birmingham for four years and this is the second year it has created a full festival. BrumYODO chair Anna Lock says: "A Matter of Life and Death is all about challenging people to think about, discuss and plan for the end of their lives through a series of fun and creative events and experiences. We are doing that through so many different events for people of all ages. Death over Dinner is one of our key events in which we're inviting people to join us for a dinner with a difference."
Tickets for Death over Dinner cost £35 plus booking fee and can be booked at www.brumyodo.org.uk